The weekend before Memorial Day, my wife Eva and I had the opportunity to join 900 other volunteers to install American flags on approximately 25,000 graves at the Dallas/Fort Worth Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Eva and I have been volunteering for The American Red Cross since 1975, but this was the first time that the flag installations have been done at the DFW Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
By far this was the most humbling experience Eva and I have had since starting our volunteer services, and to honor our fallen heroes this way truly brought tears to our eyes. We met a young scout and his mother who had volunteered to help as well, and after we finished installing our flags we approached them to see if they needed any help. The mother looked up at us with tears in her eyes and said, no thanks, as my husband recently died in Afghanistan and my son and I are taking this time to remember all who have fallen.
I’m so honored to have had this time to reflect on why America is, “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” and encourage all to do the same.
— Will, Facilities Department, 5 years