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  • As the sun rose there was a slight fog in the air hovering over the rows and rows of gravestones at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. It was a sight that will remain in my mind forever. I was there to remove the American flags that were placed at each marker the week before Memorial Day by the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

    There was a group of about 200 volunteers to pick up 190,000 flags. We broke into four groups to head out in four different directions. Each person would chose a row and pick up the flags in bundles of 25. The bundles were placed at the end of the rows for the grounds crew to pick up at a later time.

    As I walked through picking up the flags I could not help but read the names, the dates, and the wars that were fought throughout history. Some had served in two wars and a few served in more. They were listed as husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and friends. They all had a history that included leaving the comforts of home to sleep in a barracks full of strangers. Those strangers would soon be like family that some would sacrifice their life to protect. There is no greater love than one who will lay down his life for another.

    It was a humbling experience and, although I am a veteran myself, I felt honored to be walking among all these men and women who had served their country. I was surely walking on hallowed ground.
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