A bold statement: hundreds of flags framing Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau. It's a Memorial Day tradition that lives on thanks to Wausau VFW and American Legion veterans. And this year, they have some help from local students.
"We're giving back to the community like we're honoring our veterans," says Robert Page, 9th grade DC Everest student.
Veterans say they appreciate the help, and know how crucial it is for young people to learn about and honor our nation's heroes.
"I think its important that we remind everybody what Memorial Day really is. For a lot of people it's the start of the summer which we all enjoy that but there's a deeper meaning to it," says Dennis Kruzan, from the Wausau VFW Post.
The flags are a symbol, representing those who lost their lives fighting for our country.
"They gave up the veterans gave up so much and we just want to help them, just let them know that we're grateful," says Page.
It's a civics lesson in patriotism and students say they have a great time meeting these veterans from all generations.
And the veterans say they're honored to be a part of Memorial Day events.
The VFW wants to remind the community to come out to the Memorial Day parade in Wausau on Saturday afternoon. It ends with a ceremony at their post on River Drive.
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Posted: 12/06/2013 - They're our nation's bravest, standing side by side to protect and defend our country. Now, they're standing side by side to help each other celebrate the holidays.