Honoring the Fallen: Volunteers Plant Thousands of Flags on Veteran Graves

Honoring the Fallen: Volunteers Plant Thousands of Flags on Veteran Graves
(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Dozens of volunteers of all ages started their Memorial Day weekend off remembering our fallen soldiers.

Thousands of American Flags were planted at the base of veterans graves at Evergreen Cemetery Saturday morning.

"I think it's really nice that a lot of people are coming together to put flags on the graves of veterans," says Meryll Preihs, a local boy scout. "I wanted to do something nice for all of the veterans who served our country."

Military families and volunteers have been planting the flags on graves at Evergreen Cemetery for 34 years.

"I think its important to not just have the day off but to understand what we're honoring, what we're remembering," says Mona Rutherford, a volunteer and part of a big military family of her own. "I love seeing so many out here participating."

"It's about passing this on to the next generation," says Belline Reyes. "Just teaching them about history and about their country, and what people do to give back and sacrifice."

Boy and Girl Scout troops, veteran support groups, and local businesses all volunteered.

"It's just a privilege to come out and honor those who have served and gave so much for our country."

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