Veteran Honors Fallen by Placing Flags on their Graves for 35 Years!

Veteran Honors Fallen by Placing Flags on their Graves for 35 Years!

May 27, 2016

Veteran Honors Fallen by Placing Flags on their Graves for 35 Years!

Every single Memorial Day weekend, for the past 35 years, Glenn Sotherden has made it his mission to decorate the graves of more than 1,000 veterans with flags. Sotherden, who is now 69 years old, has placed more than 1,200 flags this year at six different cemeteries in Onondaga County.

As Sotherden goes through each gravestone in the sweltering summer heat, he makes a special effort to pause at each grave he comes to that belongs to a man who lost his life during the war and pays special honor in light of their ultimate sacrifice.

Sotherden served from 1966 to 1970 in the Air Force and was only 35 years old when he accepted the annual responsibility of placing the flags on the graves.

As Sotherden gets older it takes him longer and longer to complete his annual mission. Especially with the intensity of the summer heat, it is nearly impossible to find volunteers.

Sotherden was quoted saying, "These people sacrificed much more than I did. You got to do something to pay them back".

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