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American Legion Post Commander: ‘It honors all of our veterans’

The American Legion is looking for volunteers to help lay flags in preparation for Veterans Day.

Since 2006, the American Legion Post 12 has placed American flags on the graves of veterans on the week leading up to Veterans Day and Memorial Day. While Memorial Day is the day federally designated to honor members of the Armed Forces who have died, American Legion Post 12 Commander Keith Reeves said his post likes to go a step further and place flags on both days.

“We feel that it honors all of our veterans when we do that,” he said.

Reeves and his team of volunteers will be at Rosehill  Cemetery starting at 8 a.m. Saturday and continuing to Easthaven afterward. Between the two, Reeves said there are about 400 flags to place. The only thing anyone needs to do to volunteer is show up, according to Reeves, and the more the better.

“The fewer people you have, the longer it takes,” Reeves said.

Reeves also encourages area churches to get involved in placing flags.

“We have several church cemeteries where people have volunteered to put flags out for us,” Reeves said. “If any of these churches want flags for their cemeteries and they have someone that will promise us they’ll put them out, we’ll supply the flags.”

The American Legion is a veterans organization chartered in 1919. It’s open to those who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.

“We’ve gotten some new members,” he said. “We’re kind of eager to work.”