Cemetery Removes Flags Young Boy Placed on Veterans' Graves

Cemetery Removes Flags Young Boy Placed on Veterans' Graves

December 19, 2015

Cemetery Removes Flags Young Boy Placed on Veterans' Graves

A 10-year-old Redding boy who has been placing U.S. flags and red carnation plastic flowers on the graves of veterans at the Redding Memorial Park since Veterans Day was broken-hearted Sunday when he discovered all his flags had been removed.

"It was so awful," said April Sharp, the mother of Columbia Elementary School fourth-grader Preston Sharp.

Initially told the flags were tossed away to accommodate the mowing of the cemetery's grounds, Sharp said cemetery officials later said they did not throw them away and would return them to Preston.

"First they said they threw them away, now they said they still have them," Sharp said.

It didn't make much sense to her, she said, noting that none of the plastic carnations her son placed at the graves of the veterans were touched.

A cemetery spokeswoman was in a meeting in Sacramento on Thursday and was unavailable for comment.

Young Boy's Patriotic Mission to Honor Veterans

He noticed then the lack of flags or flowers on the graves to honor local veterans and decided to take it upon himself to correct that oversight.

Not including the 600 flags removed and that will be replaced on Sunday, Preston placed an additional 540 flags on the graves of veterans on the same day he learned the initial flags were removed.

It's his goal to place flowers and flags on all of the graves of veterans at Redding Memorial Park.

When asked why he started his patriotic mission to honor veterans with flags and flowers, Preston said, "Because they risked their lives for us and our country."

"It's great what my son is doing," she said. "I am extremely proud."

Preston Sharp explains why he places flags and flowers at the graves of veterans

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6 Responses

Marcia8998@aol.com
Marcia8998@aol.com

April 10, 2016

APPROVE APPROVE

Marcia Fishel
Marcia Fishel

April 10, 2016

SHOWS THE YOUNG MAN WHAT A GREAT COUNTRY HE LIVES IN.

Marcia Fishel
Marcia Fishel

April 10, 2016

SO YOU PICK AND CHOOSE THE POSTS YOU WILL PUT UP. WELL THATS REAL NICE

MarciaFishel
MarciaFishel

April 10, 2016

I MADE A RESPONSE AND I DO NOT SEE IT POSTED

Marcia Fishel
Marcia Fishel

April 10, 2016

this young man should not have to explain a damn thing. i am sick of the rhetoric in our country when one is patriotic or exercising their Constitutional rights. Stop it!!!!

Franklin H Powers
Franklin H Powers

February 22, 2016

It is terrible that the caretakers of the graves did this. I admire this young man for the effort. Truly he is an American who understands the sacrifices that the soldiers made to keep our land free. The other nuts who did this deserve to be drafted. Let them see what great sacrifices are done.. Good job young man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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