Scouts honor fallen soldiers with flags

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Submitted: Sat, 05/28/2011 - 10:59pm
Updated: Sat, 05/28/2011 - 11:03pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thanks to Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from around our area, more than 5,000 flags have been placed at the headstones of veterans in Wilmington National Cemetery.

It’s a tradition to decorate the cemetery for visitors who come to pay their respects over Memorial Weekend and to ready the cemetery for Memorial Day service.

Boy Scout Kollson Fallin said he was happy to honor all the men and women who are serving and who have served our country.

“If they wouldn’t have done that, we wouldn’t have a free country as we do now,” Fallin said. “Or be able to have the rights to do stuff, like serve God and be able to go to church.”

The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day ceremony at our National Cemetery, Monday morning at 11.

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4 Comments on "Scouts honor fallen soldiers with flags"

wilmington concerned citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

Many other Veteran Organization’s helped put the flags out!

2015 years 8 months ago

I read this article and want to say that I (for one) am proud of each one of you boys who placed these 5000 American flags at the graves of our veterans! It was a wonderful tribute to honor those who have fought and died, giving the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. Tomorrow will be a difficult day for many of our veterans who remain carrying some of those memories of war, but it will comfort them to see that you cared enough to honor our fallen.

Your parents should be commended for encouraging your participation in the Boy Scouts, where you have and will continue to learn many of life’s enriched lessons and will go on to become a worthwhile, contributing members of society. Children Live what they learn!
Imagine if those who line the prison cells had parents who cared enough to become involved as scout masters and volunteers to guide and nurture their sons.

2015 years 8 months ago

I read the piece and through no fault of my own and believed that this was a Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts only tradition.

And I Quote,

“Thanks to Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from around our area, more than 5,000 flags have been placed at the headstones of veterans in Wilmington National Cemetery.”

WWAY News Director, Scott, What do you have to say in response to the other blogger named “Wilm. Concerned Citizen” who feels that the Boy Scouts got all the Credit and other rightful groups were slighted or not acknowledged in this very important patriotic event?

I am in full and total agreement with Wilm Concerned Citizen, and feels that this story should be reposted with a correction.

This is a very hard day for a lot of vets and if they organized, provided the logistics or participated in any way, each veteran’s group and auxilliary that were involved should be acknowledged.

Credit where credit is due!

2015 years 8 months ago

Thanks to the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and all the organizations that brought this together. It is an awesome display and is honoring to those who not only died, but to their families as well.

Unfortunately, in other areas of our country, the ACLU is stopping or trying to stop this type of display. Personally I think they should be put on a ship and sent to Iran, but that is another article all together. If they do try to stop this, please let the general public know so that we can fight them. Kind of ironic isn’t it? They are fighting to stop the flags from flying, the same flag that represents the men and women who have died over the years protecting their rights.