Community Prepares for Memorial Day

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"We're putting out flags to remember the men that died for our country, and freedom and it's the least we can do," said BGHS JROTC member Jacob Mills.

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and for many it's a mark to the beginning of summer, but the true meaning behind the holiday can already be seen here in Bowling Green, as people remember loved ones lost and those who sacrificed their lives serving our country.

Hundreds of American flags now mark the grave sites of local veterans.

The JROTC program at Bowling Green High School placed those flags today in honor of Memorial Day and those who served before them.

"To show respect to them... pay homage to their service. The students look at that, and they look at the people who went ahead of us and we expect them to follow and do the right things," said BGHS JROTC Instructor Maj. Roy Henson.

Henson says the students learned the importance of paying that respect today.

"We're putting out flags to remember the men that died for our country, and freedom and it's the least we can do," said BGHS JROTC member Jacob Mills.

"It's obviously a good thing to do to remember these men and soldiers that died for our country, and I'd just want someone to do the same for me," said BGHS JROTC member Tyler Gentry.

For Maj. Henson, the place of rest is personal, and the markers are more than stones.

"These are family and friends, not just people that are actually buried here, so if you come out here, you're going to see someone you know because these are people from Bowling Green and Warren County and the surrounding area," said Henson.

Signs of Memorial Day can already be seen around town. A veteran and WKU fan hand-crafted these figures which are now on display in his son's yard.

"It's a soldier kneeling, and the other figure is a gun with a helmet on top of it with is symbolic of a fallen soldier," said Vietnam Veteran Charles Graviss.

More than a figure, this day means so much to Graviss.

"It means something to me. It's close... the flag. I'm a patriot," said Graviss.

The American Legion provided the flags for the cemetery and will host a Memorial Day service on Monday at 10 a.m. at their post on Dishman Ln. in Bowling Green.


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