Deceased veterans deserve to be honored

Published 9:57 am Friday, November 4, 2016

Veterans buried in Lincoln County cemeteries deserve the honor of having an American flag placed on their graves.

But the American Legion is running low on volunteers to make sure that happens.

Every year, the American Legion works to place American flags on the graves of veterans in the week leading up to Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The legion plans to put up flags at Rosehill, East Haven, Carver Heights and Hillcrest cemeteries Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m., and they will be taken down the following Saturday, the day after Veterans Day.

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“This is a good project,” Post Commander Keith Reeves said. “It shows respect for your country and veterans — the ones that have served.”

“It’s important to honor them because they have served — sometimes in times of war — and they’ve fulfilled their obligation to their country, so we might enjoy the lifestyle that we’re living today,” he said.

In some  years, just 10 American Legion Post members cover all the cemeteries and place flags on graves. Including some of the county church cemeteries, about 3,000 flags will be put out Saturday.

The legion could use some help. Individuals interested in volunteering for the flag service or joining the organization can call Reeves at 601-835-8173.

Wouldn’t it be great if they were overwhelmed with volunteers? Let’s do our best to make that happen.