Old Glory Decorating Servicemembers' Graves This Veterans Day

COLLEGE STATION, Texas This Veterans Day Old Glory can be seen flying all over the College Station City Cemetery as volunteers decorated graves of past service members.

News 3 looked at the annual tradition that is continuing to grow.

Red, white, and blue and an expression of gratitude around the College Station Cemetery.

"I'm a veteran. I was in the Navy," said Clyde Collins of Bryan as he walked around the cemetery.

Collins is part of the National Sojourners Masonic Veterans Group which purchased hundreds of flags.

"We've been assisting with doing this for a number of years now," said Collins.

Ellen Marquis Horner is a volunteer with the National Sojourners and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

This is something they've done nearly 20 years.

"Yesterday I put out 24 at the new cemetery, memorial cemetery. So we have this year probably about 815 flags that we put out," said Horner.

It takes a team of about 25 volunteers to come to the cemetery to put out all these flags. A small way to say thank you to heroes no longer with us.

Major Robert Epps is also part of the National Sojourners and served in the Army for conflicts including the Korean, Vietnam and El Salvador - Honduras Border War.

"We do this every Memorial Day and every Veterans Days and we also do the flag shows, the patriotic flag shows for various groups here in the Brazos Valley," said Epps.

"Drive through the cemeteries and look at the flags and remember them in your prayers and thoughts," added Ellen Marquis Horner.

Keeping our local heroes close in heart proud of the life they led.

The flags will be at the cemetery until Tuesday when College Station City Staff will come retrieve the flags which will be used again.


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