Every Memorial Day weekend a Wichita group comes together to honor veterans who are no longer with us. It’s become a tradition they look forward to every year.
VFW Post 112 and volunteers dedicate the Saturday before Memorial Day to placing small American flags by the graves of veterans. With more than 800 flags now waving, they hope others take the time to remember their service.
Early Saturday dozens of people walked through Highland and Maple Grove cemeteries to thank the brave men and women buried here, who fought for our country.
“World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraqi,” said Dan Fryman, Commander of Wichita VFW Post 112.
Some veterans themselves others, who know and love them.
“My husband is currently in the Kansas Air National Guard, my father served in the Navy,” said Kirsten Cage, Wichita.
“My mom was a veteran so I think I want to help her out with helping her fellow people,” said Aubrey Baars, Wichita.
“It’s a way to remember, people deserve to be remembered, especially who have dedicated a chunk of their life or all of their life to protecting the country,” said one volunteer.
The commander of the post says he and others enjoy learning about the veterans buried here.
“I love what we do, I look forward to it every Memorial Day,” said Fryman.
And people enjoy taking in the beautiful views.
“It’s gorgeous out here right now with all these flags and there’s a little bit of a breeze so all of the flags are kind of flying in the air,” said Cage.
“The flags you know are waving are flapping in the winds here and it’s beautiful to see them all, you know the Old Glory,” said Amy Baars, Wichita.
Making them be seen for what they’ve done for us.
The group has been doing this since they were chartered in 1920.