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Boy Scouts lay flags on graves to honor those who laid down their lives

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - When the playing of Taps faded into the morning, a much softer sound was heard at Camp Nelson National Cemetery as flags were pressed into the ground.

"It's important to be out here today because all these people served for us to be here today, for us to be able to do this and they deserve our respect," said 14-year-old Bruce Bennett.

Bennett is one of about 300 other Boy Scouts laying down the flags for those who laid down their lives for our country.

"It just puts me in awe sometimes when I come out here and see all these kids turn out," said event organizer Bill Gay.

He says they are placing flags at every one of the more than 12,000 graves in the cemetery.

"It's wonderful, all these people coming here it's just amazing how many people have the respect and love to do this," Bennett said.

"These people gave their lives for our country, maybe not in the line of service but they got home safely and they embodied everything a soldier should and what America is about. It's very important that they're always remembered," said Boy Scout Kyle Hammond.

A group of Young Marines followed the Boy Scouts to straighten the flags.

The flags will be taken down Tuesday.


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