CS community honoring veterans on Memorial Day

POSTED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 2:49pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 3:57pm

COLLEGE STATION -- Many spent today relaxing by the water or enjoying their day off with friends and family.

But a group of around a hundred spent their Memorial Day at the College Station Cemetery honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

For most teenagers, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, a day off from school and a chance to sleep in.

But for 13-year-old, Caden Scott, today means much more than that.

"I mean the reason our country is so safe and the fact that they can have those nice summer days and a pool day is because they protect us and they help us to have a normal life unlike people in Afghanistan."

Today both young and old gathered at the College Station Cemetery to help honor the veterans who dedicated their lives to fighting for our freedom.

"We owe a lot to these people who've served our country and protected our rights and I think nowadays people don't remember that as much as they should," said volunteer Milissa Boatcallie.

Around 100 volunteers from the community and the Brazos Valley Chapter of National Sojourners placed 770 flags this morning on our veteran's headstones.

Coordinator, Ellen Horner said she was at a loss for words when she saw how many people showed up to help.

"Today I was overwhelmed with so many people," said Horner. "Last fall all the flags didn't get put up because we didn't have enough volunteers."

The group has been placing the flags in the cemetery for the past 23 years and while this may have been Milissa Boatcallie's first time today, she says she plans on bringing her grandchildren back in November for Veteran's Day.

"Our children need to learn this and they need to grow up remembering and thanking our service members that go out there and do these things for us," said Boatcallie.



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