Hundreds of American flags placed at each grave at National Cemetery

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Memorial Day is about honoring those who fought and died serving our country. On Saturday morning, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts placed an American Flag at each grave at the National Cemetery in New Bern.

“If we don’t show respect, what’s the point of people dying,” commented James Butcher.

Scouts say it’s important to remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

“These people died for you, so you can walk and come to a ceremony like this. They have died just for you to be able to be free,” Nick Potter explained.

Veteran Stephen Schmidt said it’s important for parents to teach their kids about history, “It’s good for them to learn patriotism, honor and respect and to be part of this. They are the next generation that is going to pick up the flag and literally carry it on for us.”

The National Cemetery is now colored in red, white and blue just in time for Memorial Day.

If you missed the event at the National Cemetery Memorial Saturday, there’s another service Monday morning at 11.

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