Christopher Nichols, one of four youths participating, carefully scans the markers and headstones in the Adams Rogers Cemetery for telltale signs of military service. When he finds one, he pulls a flag from his arms to plant in the sandy soil.
Some of the graves already have an American flag, tattered and weather worn. These are removed and replaced with a fresh one.
Members of Kirby-Stewart Post 24’s honor guard began the task earlier, completing most of the Fogartyville side before the youths arrived.
“Veterans know this has to be done, and we do it,” says veteran Bill Field as he plucks a shredded flag and replaces it.
After about an hour and a half, fresh flags sprout from the graves of all those who served the country in the military; a visible reminder to all.