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Default Placed flags on 1500 US Military Veteran's graves today.

There are two Veteran Memorial Cemeteries in Delaware. One is in Bear, in the northern part of the state, where approx 18,000 Veterans are buried. The other in Millsboro, has 3800, who gave their lives while serving our country.

Today, a small group of people gathered at the one in Millsboro, and we placed an American flag on each of 1500 grave markers. We would love to have placed one on every grave, but only had enough for about half. The flags were purchased with money from a fund-raising event, which I was unaware of at the time. We will do this again, when more flags can be purchased. My wife was also there today.

Proper procedure was followed; say the rank and name of the veteran out loud, his branch of service and if on his grave marker, where he served. The flag is then placed on the grave, and saluted. I couldn't have spent my Sunday in a better way.

I am only posting this for those of you who might also consider doing this for our fallen hero's. These Vets served our country, and paid the ultimate price. Least we could do is to honor them by flying an American flag over their grave.

This is only one of many sections of the Millsboro VA Memorial Cemetery

My wife, placing the last of the flags we had available today.
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Yes. Thank you.
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Thank you. You have made the families of all the fallen veterans feel better every time they visit their loved ones. .
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Thank you Sir! My Father is buried at Arlington so I hope someone takes cares of the graves up there.
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Awesome! Stupid question because I don’t know. If you never served, is it appropriate to salute a service member (grave or alive/non-active/retired)?

‘’That was such an awesome gesture. Thank you!
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I do not think a civilian who has never served salutes! I could be 100% wrong but it just sounds like common sense to me????

OP.......Well Done Mr. & Mrs..
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
I do not think a civilian who has never served salutes! I could be 100% wrong but it just sounds like common sense to me????

OP.......Well Done Mr. & Mrs..
His Sig states he's an Air Force Vet 1965-1971 so I'm sure he has good form on the salute !!

Bravo Zulu Capt. !! A day well spent I'm sure !
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Great way to spend your time. Rest assured that all families seeing this much appreciate it. Thank you.

Spray, Capt Will is correct.

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Awesome! Stupid question because I don’t know. If you never served, is it appropriate to salute a service member (grave or alive/non-active/retired)?

‘’That was such an awesome gesture. Thank you!
Prior to placing flags on the grave markers, the group was informed by the lead-man of the ceremony, for everyone, whether military vet or not, to follow the procedure outlined, including the salute. But no, non-military (civilians) do not salute the flag, or salute any military personnel, in uniform, or not.
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Thanks for doing this and thanks for sharing. Our veterans can't be thanked enough!
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Thank you Sir.
My father, a WWII combat vet (513 PIR) is buried at a National Cemetary in FL.

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Awesome of you to do this. It made my day to see this post.
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Prior to placing flags on the grave markers, the group was informed by the lead-man of the ceremony, for everyone, whether military vet or not, to follow the procedure outlined, including the salute. But no, non-military (civilians) do not salute the flag, or salute any military personnel, in uniform, or not.
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Captain Will, outstanding job, sir! You are now my fave THT member! Thank you!!!

My understanding is, under no circumstances should a civilian salute. We place our right hands, palms open, on our chests to give honor when due.

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