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Community places flags on veterans' graves

Posted at 12:45 PM, May 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 20:27:44-04
It is a simple gesture that means so much. On Saturday, organizations like Flags for the Flagless and the American Legion, gathered together with the community to give a symbolic 'Thank you' to those who served our country.
 
About 150 volunteers armed with 6,000 flags went to graves at Evergreen Cemetery to place a single flag on their headstones before Memorial Day. That number is roughly double the amount of volunteers that came out for the same event last year. 
 
Flags for the Flagless founder Charley Foley helped bring out the crowds for this event that was all aimed at giving back. 
 
"Certainly, my program, the legion... know that putting up the flag is what we want to do," Foley said. "We want to put up more flags and this is an easy way to do it."
 
It is also an easy way to remember what this upcoming holiday is truly all about. Foley told KGUN9, he hopes that that will be a patriotic tradition that families can come and share together. 
 
"I was telling families to bring their children. I want young kids to be out here," Foley explained. "Because long after I'm gone - I want young kids to say, 'You know what, I remember going to the cemetery with my dad or my grandfather.'"
 
A memory that they can pass on to future generations.