KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Memorial Day is only a few days away but that’s not stopping local girl and boy scouts from taking time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Hundreds of boys and girls from local chapters placed about 8,000 flags at the Knoxville National Cemetery on Saturday. For several families, honoring fallen veterans on Memorial Day weekend is an annual tradition.
“I’m a veteran myself, my husband is a veteran and it means a lot to me to teach my son about the people that sacrifice for our country and why it’s important to honor them everyday but especially on Memorial Day,” said Beth Sloan.
It all started in the morning with an opening ceremony that featured a presentation of colors and the playing of taps to remember the fallen heroes.
“Just being able to pay a yearly respect to all the people who died,” said Steven Williams. “Just taking like a moment of silence and being able to come out here and place the American flags at their graves and see their names.”
For many of scouts who place a flag at each gravestone, they learned about the sacrifices made by military women and men.
“There were thousands and thousands who risked their lives to make our country like it is now and all of the people that went to military and went to the World Wars and Civil War,” said Aiden Wood & Jerry Sloan Scouts.
Ted Hatfield tells us he’s been organizing the event for 17 years.
“East Tennessee is the Volunteer State and the young men and women scouts who came out here are honoring our country and that makes you feel you good,” said Hatfield. “The crowd gets bigger and bigger every year.”