by Senior Airman Melanie Bulow-Gonterman
6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
5/29/2015 - MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. -- With
a single American flag in hand volunteer Tina Lacey kneels down in
front of the headstone belonging to a U.S. Army veteran who had served
in Korea and Vietnam and whispers I miss you dad.
Lacey along with hundreds of volunteers from a variety of organizations
across central Florida gathered May 24, 2015, at Florida National
Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, to place American flags at the front of
gravestones and niches belonging to fallen service members in honor of
"It is incredible to see the support from the community on a day like
today," said Lacey. "This is my first time participating in an event
like this. So many emotions run through me. It makes me sad that he is
no longer with us, but also happy that he fought for our country and
complete strangers honor him for that."
Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of the month and is reserved as a
day of remembrance for those who honorably served in the military.
"Today is about giving back and thanking each and everyone one of them
for their service with each flag that is placed," expressed Air Force
veteran Michael Rose. "It is a very humbling experience overall. My goal
was to stay there until all the flags were placed to ensure each and
every veteran received a flag."
When all was said and done, no headstone was forgotten and the lives of those that paid the ultimate price were remembered.