Remembering The Fallen: Why Those in the Ozarks Lay Flags on Graves for Memorial Day

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Memorial Day is Monday, and cemeteries in the Ozarks are gearing up to honor the fallen.
 
David Coudert, an Assistant Scout Master For Boy Scout Troop 18 in Ozark, laid American flags on graves in Springfield Thursday.
 
“Its great, these are my brothers and sisters that are buried here,” says Coudert.  “Each branch of the service is recognized, and it really means something to me to be out and put something on their grave. It brings to each one of these scouts that heritage that sometimes is missing in a boys life. 
 
Dalton Sternes, a Nixa High School student, agrees.
 
“Gives it a whole new level.  It gives me an appreaciation for it,” says Sternes. “I get to honor these vets and those that have given their lives, it means a lot. To have the pride that knowing these vets are going to be recognized.” 
 
“And to bring it back to these kids to show them what these people have gone thru it’s really great,” says Coudert.

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