Youth groups help Legion post decorate vets’ graves

MARQUETTE- In preparation for Memorial Day, many children and their parents helped decorate the graves of veterans at Park Cemetery and Holy Cross Cemetery.

More than 50 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Sea Cadets helped members of American Legion Post 44 in Marquette place United States flags at the graves of more than 200 veterans who served in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

“It’s really, really encouraging to see so many of these people come out and help,” said Carl Morrison, commander of the American Legion Post 44.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic established Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day, as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of those who died in the war with flowers. Since then people have been honoring veterans all over the country.

“As a veteran it means a lot to me (to have people here to help) because I was in the service during the Vietnam War, thank god I never had to go to Vietnam, but I knew quite a few guys that did go and it’s an honor for me to come out and do this,” Morrison said.

The American Legion Post 44 is holding Memorial Day ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. at Park Cemetery and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, both in Marquette.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is awhitefoot@miningjournal.net.