Volunteers, Boy Scouts place thousands of flags on the graves of veterans

May 26, 2018, 00:07
Volunteers, Boy Scouts place thousands of flags on the graves of veterans

The soldiers also place about 14,000 flags at the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

The Fort Smith National Cemetery placed their flags on the graves on Thursday, with veterans groups volunteering for the task.

Memorial Day services will also be held on Monday morning at both Park and Holy Cross cemeteries at 9:30 and 10:15.

I got the answer from Bob Coffelt, a Class of 1977 Eagle Scout from Indiana.

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He said it's the responsibility of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment - "The Old Guard".

"This has been a tradition for as long as I can remember" Roley Kiser (Scout Master of Troop 507) commented, I started placing flags when I was in the Cub Scouts".

"We have to create a plan, invite people, and tell them about the announcements", said Medina.

How does Coffelt know so much about this practice? Of course, being an Eagle Scout helps. Staff members will direct traffic to the assembly area and parking. In addition, the scouts participated in a special ceremony.

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More than 250 flags will be raised, with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps following the raising ceremony.

About 200 volunteers showed up and spent an hour and a half planting flags next to the headstones.

All flags are removed after Memorial Day, before each cemetery opens to the public.

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