Fallen heroes honored with 'Flags-In' at Arlington National Cemetery

Saturday, 26 May, 2018

I know Scouts are an essential part of placing flags at local and national cemeteries, but who places all those flags at the hallowed Arlington National Cemetery?

Early Monday morning, flags will be placed at veterans' graves at Laurel Hill Cemetery and Peaceful Rest Cemetery.

On Sunday, the week of events began with a candlelight vigil honoring the memory of veterans and soldiers who have lost their lives to suicide.

Thomas Bagley, Sea Cadet, Petty Officer 2nd Class says, "I think it's important to honor the past military members, being a sea cadet, because they're really the ones who make me want to join".

Volunteers will meet at 8am on Tuesday (May 29), the day after Memorial Day. The girls worked as a team to produce grave rubbings, while troop leaders proudly took photos of the effort to remember the special pilgrimage. The gravesite flags will be displayed through Memorial Day.

Lerado Cemetery, Lerado and Pretty Prairie in Reno County, 10 a.m. - Featured speaker is Lt. Col. Trent Shepherd of the Kansas National Guard.

Those attending are encouraged to arrive early to facilitate parking.

With Memorial Day on Monday, stars and stripes now blanket Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, thanks to Boy Scout Troop 195. "They're honoring people they don't even know".