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Flags mark veterans graves on Memorial Day

Traditionally, for several years, cemetery flags for veterans are made available by American Legion Post 56. The flags are put out at several cemeteries in the county by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Legion members the Saturday prior to Memorial Day. Daryl Hote donated the funds for the purchase of the flags by the Legion to distribute. Hote gives the flags in memory of the late E.L. and Stanley Reeves. both of whom served as county veterans service officers, and all Walthall County veterans, through the Bob and Lee Wood Hote Walthall County Enhancement Fund, set up in memory of his parents. Last year Anna Claire “Ace” Fortenberry, daughter of Erin and Ron Fortenberry, was among a group of Girl Scouts setting out flags at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Post 56 will have flags available at the Legion Hut Friday from 3-6 p.m. Anyone wanting a flag for their family’s veterans’ graves can stop by to receive one free of charge. Post members along with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will meet at the Legion Hut at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in order to place the flags on veterans’ graves.

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