Lawrence County Vietnam Veterans Organization placed flags in Beech Grove Cemetery for deceased Veterans

BEDFORD – Members of the Lawrence County Vietnam Veterans Organization and members of the community gathered together at Beech Grove Cemetery to place flags at each headstone of U.S. Veterans who have passed away prior to Memorial Day.

Wayne Umphress (green shirt) passing out flags to be placed in the cemetery

Currently, 640 veterans have been laid to rest in the cemetery, and the group puts out a flag with every one of the headstones to commemorate their willingness to serve and remember their legacies.

Volunteers placing flags in the cemetery

Wayne Umphress, President of the Lawrence County Vietnam Veterans Organization said it was important to provide this small act of kindness in order to remember the sacrifice they made during their lifetime.

“Some of these veterans died in action and with Memorial Day coming up, it is important to remember the sacrifices they made in serving their country. This is a small act, but necessary,” said Umphress.

Lawrence County Veterans Affairs Officer Brad Bough placing a flag for Jerry Brotzman

The group places flags in every cemetery with Veterans in Lawrence County, to help remember their legacy by continuing to provide this service, with hopes to pass it along to the next generation.