Volunteers plant flags to salute Riverside National Cemetery’s ‘heroes’
By Ryan Hagen
The logistics of organizing about 500 volunteers to place a flag by each of the roughly 200,000 grave markers at Riverside National Cemetery tends to consume every ounce of Brennan Leininger’s attention.
But every Veterans Day and Memorial Day, the moment comes when he looks up and sees red, white and blue fluttering over thousands of graves.
“It’s truly amazing, Leininger said. “The sight of all the flags that people have volunteered to put out. It’s families making this a tradition, bringing their kids back year after year so they learn the importance of these holidays, veterans coming out to pay their respects, police explorers, fire explorers, ROTC groups.”
Volunteers continued the tradition Friday, Nov.10, making sure that, as the event’s title says, there is “a flag for every hero.”
A sea of volunteers place flags at every grave site on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at the Riverside National Cemetery. Volunteers spent the morning placing “A Flag for Every Hero” in preparation for Veterans Day. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Emma Herness, 10, of Beaumont, fixes flags that had fallen on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at the Riverside National Cemetery. Volunteers spent the morning placing “A Flag for Every Hero” in preparation for Veterans Day. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)