Way to honor veterans nixed
As I finished reading the Thursday, May 23, story about the JROTC from Russell High placing flags on the veterans’ graves at Rose Hill, it compelled me to write about how upset I am they will not be able to place flags, as is my understanding, and luminaries by other volunteers at Bellefonte Memorial Garden.
This project has been under way for many years. When I read the story several weeks ago that this would not be allowed by the people in charge, I was perplexed. I have been a long-term volunteer and had not seen the problem stated in the story.
If memory serves, it was a couple of trucks — one with a small trailer — that drove the bags through the cemetery while the volunteers walked through the graves and placed the bags. The flags were placed prior. The volunteers parked behind the office away from the cemetery to fill the bags with sand and candles. So I know the vehicles were not a problem. The whole endeavor was finished before noon.
Volunteers included Boy Scouts, who learned valuable lessons in service and respect. Others were Russell High students learning the same lesson. Some like me had parents who served in the military. Some just wanted to honor their family and friends. My parents served during World War II in the Navy. My father was a Pearl Harbor survivor and career Navy officer, while mother was an air traffic controller on a Navy air base.
I know the owners of the cemetery. I know them to be good people, but we need to show respect for our veterans for their service and sacrifices. As for me, I plan to place two luminaries and two flags this weekend on my parents’ graves to show my respect as well as my appreciation for their service to our country.
Nannette Stevens, Flatwoods