TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Susan Hancock is one of many volunteers spending their Memorial Day weekend placing flags on veterans' graves.
"I am the daughter of a vet, wife of a vet, sister of a vet, so it means a lot to me that it gets done," Hancock said.
With fewer World War II veterans every year and Vietnam and Korean War veterans aging, volunteers said it's important to pass the tradition down to younger generations.
"Us older guys are going to be passing on and if the younger generations not aware of this tradition and don't get motivated to do it it will die," Veterans Service Officer Randy Fairchild said.
"We kind of forget that there are people out there who have fought for us so that we can go to school and play with our friends," American Heritage Girl Rebekah Smelser said. "I think it's a really good idea to not only spend time to remember that, but to also respect them for doing what they've done."
Fairchild said spotting a veteran's grave can sometimes be challenging.
"One of the things that we've found out through the years is that a lot of veterans, on their markers, don't have anything to identify them as a veteran, so we now have a marker that's a little sticker," Fairchild said.
The sticker will help volunteers placing flags on graves for years to come.
As our veterans who have passed away are being honored, Hancock said it's a good time to remember our future veterans too.
"We have a lot of young men that are putting their lives on the line in wars that are still going on and the young of our country have to realize the sacrifices that are being made, not just by the vet, but by the vet's family," Hancock said. "We all need to get behind them."
If you're interested in purchasing a sticker to mark a veteran's grave you can contact the Veterans Service Office at 629 N. Sixth St. or 765-742-1796. Stickers cost $0.12.
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