Scouts pay veterans graves their due respect

first_imgAustin Harvey knelt before a gravestone and ran his finger over the U.S. Navy emblem adorning the stone. He read the name on the gravestone, Fred K. Kellum, and noticed the veteran died at the age of 32.“Wow, he was young,” the 10-year-old said.He pushed a wooden stick with a small American flag attached into the soggy ground as his friend and fellow Webelos scout Jack Kolosvary placed a white wooden cross on the other side of the gravestone.Not far behind the boys were Austin’s mother, Brenda Harvey, and 5-year-old sister, Natalie. The pair followed behind the scouts and placed a single red rose at the top of the gravestone. Austin and Jack were just two of dozens of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts walking up and down the rows of gravestones at the Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery Saturday morning. Across the county, hundreds of scouts decorated the gravestones of veterans buried in small, sometimes overlooked, cemeteries. For nearly a decade, scouts in Clark County have recognized the veterans every Memorial Day.“The goal is that no veteran is left unnoted,” said Jon Holtz, an event organizer and American Legion 176 member.This Memorial Day is no different.“We’re doing this because it’s Memorial Day,” said Jack, 10. “And we’re honoring the men and women who served in the war for us.”last_img read more

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