Project aims to place flag at every veteran's grave - - Jackson, MS

Project aims to place flag at every veteran's grave

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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

George Mitchell of Brandon fought in World War II.

"I was a radio gunner on a B-24 in the 8th Air Force," he says. "Stationed in England. Few missions out over Germany. I flew 33 combat missions."

On Saturday morning, he spent time at the Flora Hills Cemetery in Pearl, placing American flags at the graves of veterans.

"This is the first time I've been out here, but we just want to come out here, honor the veterans who fight for our freedom," he says.

Mitchell is joined by a few others who would like to see every veteran's grave have a flag by Veterans Day on November 11.

Rusty Varner began this project a few years ago, when he was out on a motorcycle ride.

"We stopped at an old country cemetery. We decided they needed some flags. We bought 144 flags," Varner says. "We've been doubling it every year. We're up to 4,000 flags this year."

As the years go by, the number of flags needed, and the manpower needed, continues to grow. Some students from Pearl's Northside Elementary came out to help too.

"We are putting flags on veteran's graves," says 3rd grader Alyssa Kate Morgigno.

"If they see us up there where God lives, and they're in there, they will say... I know you did something good," says Grace Evans, also a 3rd grader.

The flags were donated by Community Bank.

The volunteers are looking for others to join in and help in the days and weeks to come. If you can help, call 601-624-1770. 

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