Greens and grays at Cave Hill Cemetery were joined by reds, whites and blues as volunteers placed American flags at veterans’ graves on Friday.
Groups and individuals from across the community came together in preparation for the Veterans of Foreign Wars memorial service, placing flags at more than 6,000 veterans’ graves.
Dietrich Howleit and his two grandsons were among those who helped. Howleit once served as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy.
“I hope one day when I’m gone someone will come and do the same for me,” Howleit said.
Gwen Mooney, president and CEO of Cave Hill Cemetery, said the goal is to ensure that every veteran is recognized and honored.
Mooney has many loved ones with service experience: his father and grandfather served in the Navy, two uncles served in the Marines, and two nephews are in the military.
“Watching the people who are here, watching the enthusiasm of the people putting up the flags, it’s a special, special moment,” Mooney said. “The flag is a symbol of being American and what these veterans have done for all of us – [they’re] why we live in freedom and why we have what we have and can maneuver in our country as we do.
The VFW will hold its Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday.