Flags for Fallen Vets seeks volunteers to help place Memorial Day flags

120,000 flags will go to Florida National Cemetery

An American flag is the least we can do for our fallen veterans, said Tami Martin of Largo.
"They served for our freedom. They deserve to have a flag at their gravesite," Martin said.
Martin is a volunteer with the organization Flags for Fallen Vets. Its mission to place a flag on every veteran’s memorial site started in 2012 in Texas.
This year, the group plans to place 120,000 American flags at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell the day before Memorial Day.  Three thousand volunteers are needed for the massive project. Right now, it still needs several hundred more people to volunteer.
"We at least can give one day for Memorial Day to honor them," Martin said.
Members of the Marine Corps Honor Guard that serve at funerals at the cemetery say volunteering to place flags on a vet's grave speaks for itself.
"I think it's self-rewarding and anyone who has an inclination to honor the veterans, I think that would be a great item to do," Buddy Troop said.
And for veterans that continue to honor one another, volunteering is a call that must be answered.  
Doug Stone is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, a group that escorts fallen veterans at funerals.
"Coming out and showing that respect in placing the flags, if you do that and you see the result, it becomes something bigger than yourself. And anytime you can contribute to something that's bigger than you, it's rewarding," Stone said.
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