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Fallen veterans remembered


CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- One by one each of six thousand fallen veterans is being remembered.

"It's kind of a personalization of giving them a little honor just by calling their name and setting a flag and not moving on until we make sure we find them all," said Roger Fox Jr., a retired Veteran helping coordinate Saturday's event. 

Dozens of volunteers scoured more than 80 acres at Cedar Memorial Cemetery, making sure every Veteran on their list was accounted for.

"You survey the cemetery, and all you see is flags and it's a touching thing but it's sobering that we have this many veterans that have passed on," Fox said.

Bob stolen and his son Jake have been volunteering on Memorial Saturday at the cemetery for each of the last eight years.

"They gave up so much for our country, that's why I think it's important for us to be out here to be planting the flags on people's graves," Jake said.

"It's not all about the camping and the picnicking.  It's a time to reflect on everybody that gave so much for our country," Bob said.

For Jake, sharing the moment with his father was even more special.

"He's a veteran too, and he sacrificed a lot."

As people around the country celebrate the holiday weekend with their families, there's plenty of reason to be thankful.

"If it wasn't for those people, they wouldn't be able to go out camping, because we wouldn't be free," Fox said.

There's no better a reminder of that than the six thousand flags planted at Cedar Memorial Cemetery.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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