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5/26/07-Longview

Flags Set On Longview Veterans Graves

A group of veterans and a Boy Scout troop honored fallen soldiers in an annual tradition in Longview.  Members of the Longview veterans of foreign wars and Boy Scout Troup's 207 and 618 placed more than 1,800 flags on the graves of veterans at Lakeview Memorial Gardens cemetery.  For 19 years, the groups have set the flags out every Memorial Day Weekend, preceding the official observance.  For some, the tradition has a much closer and heartfelt meaning.  

"I've got two brothers that are serving right now and figure that if I can come out here and do this, it's pretty much what I can do for my brothers and I'm sure they would like to see me out here doing this for their fallen friends," said Boy Scout Jacob Hammer of Longview.

There are several events this weekend for East Texans to remember our fallen soldiers.   On Monday beginning at 11:00 a.m., there will be a memorial service at the Tyler Memorial Cemetery field of honor.  Also at 11:00 Monday, there's a service on the Gregg County courthouse steps.  And, at 2:00 p.m., there's a service at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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