Graves County High School Junior ROTC cadets placed flags in front of veteran's graves at the Maplewood Cemetery in Mayfield Saturday morning.
In about an hour, 25 volunteer cadets set down more than 400 flags. Cadet Captain Mikayla Kruse said it's their way of showing how a veterans' sacrifice is still remembered today.
“It's going through every grave stone and checking okay did this person serve and placing a flag and saluting you know, showing recognition and thanking them for their service,” Kruse said.
Cadet Jaden Vivian said it's like witnessing a little bit of history when you learn when each service member served.
“The Korean War, World War 1, World War 2, and even the Civil War. It was just mind blowing to see such old graves and people serving in the military that long ago,” Vivian said.
He said it's a privilege he wants to continue-- Cadet Kruse feels the same way. She joined the Marine Corp.
“I couldn't see myself doing anything else with my life as well as being the first female service member in my family,” Kruse said.
She said this program really gives the younger generation an appreciation for the military.
“I definitely think programs like this should be more prevalent in schools, simply because they teach you so much, not just academics but respect and discipline,” Kruse said.
Graves County High School's Army JROTC program is the only one in our area in Kentucky. This is the second year of the program and the second time they've participated in placing flags at Maplewood Cemetery. t
The flags were provided by the American Legion Post 26 in Mayfield.