For longer than anyone can remember, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Capitol City Post 63 has been placing flags at the graves of veterans each Memorial Day in Morris Hill Cemetery on the Boise Bench. For the last 10 years, they’ve been joined by Boy Scout Troop 7 and Cub Scout Pack 193.
“It’s our chance ... to solemnly thank all the guys — and women nowadays — who have sacrificed time to the service of their country,” said Bill Lackey, scouting coordinator for the VFW post. “Whether they died in action or died naturally, they’re here. It’s a chance for us to say hi, and thank you.”
With so many hands, it took only 45 minutes to install 2,000 flags.
“The cool part about doing this is after you’re done with it, you kind of feel better,” said 9-year-old Cub Scout Thomas Dodson.
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“Many people have given their lives for this war,” said scout Noah Schwarthoff, 12. “And we should think about them, even if they're not our relatives.”