Boy Scouts from Troop 27 and Troop 14 helped place the flags on the graves on Friday.
“It’s all very nostalgic,” Karl Grebner, a Boy Scout in Troop 27, said. “It helps us not to take things for granted, because people have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we have today.”
Troop 14 Boy Scout Jason Roberson
said this was the second year he participated in the event.
“It’s a way to honor the soldiers who gave their lives for us,” Roberson said.
Donald said he found the inspiration for this annual memorial event during the last part of his Army career, where he worked at the embassies in Belgium and Luxembourg.
“My experiences while I was there, we were responsible for conducting
Memorial Day services in those cemeteries which are run by the American Battlefield Monument Commission,” Donald said.
Donald said many servicemen who were killed during their service were buried in cemeteries overseas.
“What I saw is that the Europeans, the Belgians and the Luxembourg’s, they had adopted graves of American soldiers, and they would put flowers and American flags on the graves,” Donald said.
After his retirement in 2002, Donald said he saw many American did not treat the military members who were buried in the home country with the same respect.
“There were all the World War II veteran organizations that would come out and honor the American dead, and when I came back here we weren’t doing anything,” Donald said.
A monument is located outside the Oktibbeha County Courthouse
with all the names of people from Oktibbeha County who have been killed in the line of duty from World War I through the present day.
“It’s a piece of stone with people’s name in it, but it’s more than that,” he said. “It’s people’s loved ones, and people here in Oktibbeha County have loved ones’ names that are on that stone, and they gave everything. I just don’t want to forget.”