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Boy and Girl Scouts honor veterans at Chattanooga National Cemetery

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When you visit the Chattanooga National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend, you will see a new American flag at every tombstone.  Over 15 hundred scouts planted 50, 000 American flags at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, teaching scouts the real reason behind the Memorial Day holiday.

One by one boys and girls placed American flags at the grave sites of American heroes.  “We're coming out to plant flags for the fallen soldiers we have, it’s honoring to do this,” said boy scout Landon Roessel. Friday, the Chattanooga Fire Department made sure this sacred ground was soft enough for little hands to make their big difference. The scouts have been doing this for 39 years. “Helping out the community. All these people have fallen and got killed. It is nice to help out.”

Ryan Ivey said coming to the cemetery shows the scouts the significance of our service men and women. “Greater understanding of what men and women have done to service our country,” said District Director Ryan Ivey.  He hopes they understands the importance of the holiday weekend. “Hopefully it helps them take it back to their own personal lives and give back to their own community and grow as person.”

For Girl Scout Caroline it was a humbling experience knowing each flag represents  someone who fought for the country. “People serve our country and some come back. But it's sad because all these people have died,” said Caroline.

Saturday was about recognizing the great men and women who died for our freedom. To remember the fallen not just this day- but always. “I feel very thankful for the people who fought and died and it's sad. But I am happy because they fought for us to keep us safe,” said Girl Scout Samantha Widley.

The flags will remain at the cemetery until Tuesday. Boy Scout leaders ask anyone to come by the cemetery Tuesday to help pick up the flags.

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