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Scouts place flags on veterans’ graves during annual tradition

May 26th, 2013 5:28 pm by Jennifer Sprouse, NET News Service

Scouts place flags on veterans’ graves during annual tradition

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and SHHS JROTC cadets gathered at the Veterans National Cemetery Saturday afternoon to place flags on the graves for the annual flag ceremony. (All photos by Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)

JOHNSON CITY — The gazebo area of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home was overrun by Scouts on Saturday afternoon, as those gathered from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls waited patiently for the go-ahead to march to the U.S. National Cemetery to honor veterans in an annual Memorial Day weekend ceremony.

Lining the fence line once they reached the cemetery, Scouts fell silent as bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” and taps before gunshots sounded over the grounds during a 21-gun salute.

At the sound of a whistle, the Scouts walked carefully and quietly to individual graves, pushing flags into the ground and saluting each one in honor of the fallen veteran.

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.

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