Volunteers place flags on vets’ graves

Hudson Jones, member of Boy Scout pack 395, places flags on the graves of veterans at Park Cemetery on Wednesday in honor of Memorial Day. Baseball and hockey teams, American Legion members, boy scouts and girl scouts and other community volunteers gathered at the cemetery to make sure 1200 plus veteran graves had flags for the day of rememberance. The goal of the American Legion is to care for veterans and never forget those who have served and those currently serving, said Tom Ranta, member of the American Legion Post 44 in Marquette. “First of all, we all have our freedom because of those veterans and second, Memorial Day is the one that we really remember because these are the people that gave the ultimate sacrifice they’re the ones that gave their lives,” Ranta said. “The big thing is bringing our youth out here, let them remember what this is all about. We try to mix in some of our veteran guys here and talk with those young as they’re out there putting flags on because they all have family members that were in the military or they have aunts and uncles, grandma or grandpas, so we want to make sure they understand what the importance is.” (Journal photo by Trinity Carey)

Hudson Jones, member of Boy Scout pack 395, places flags on the graves of veterans at Marquette’s Park Cemetery on Wednesday in honor of Memorial Day. Baseball and hockey teams, American Legion members, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other community volunteers gathered at the cemetery to make sure 1,200-plus veteran graves had flags for the day of rememberance. The goal of the American Legion is to care for veterans and never forget those who have served and those currently serving, said Tom Ranta, member of the American Legion Post 44 in Marquette. “First of all, we all have our freedom because of those veterans, and second, Memorial Day is the one that we really remember because these are the people that gave the ultimate sacrifice they’re, the ones that gave their lives,” Ranta said. “The big thing is bringing our youth out here, let them remember what this is all about.” (Journal photo by Trinity Carey)