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York students honor fallen veterans with grave site flags in preparation for Memorial Day

York students 'heartbroken' while placing Memorial Day flags at cemetery

JROTC students, parents, and cemetery volunteers helped plant up to 500 flags at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York to honor those who died while serving in the military.
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JROTC students, parents, and cemetery volunteers helped plant up to 500 flags at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York to honor those who died while serving in the military.

Ashley Nance couldn’t help but tear up when she thought of the servicemen and servicewomen who fought and died for her freedom.

The least she could do, she said, was to make sure those who passed away were remembered properly.

Several members of York Comprehensive High School’s Navy JROTC planted hundreds of American flags near the graves of fallen veterans Thursday afternoon at Lakeview Memory Gardens.

“It’s very heartbreaking,” Nance said. “Because all of these people who have lost their lives serving us. I know a lot of people who died for our country and did a great service.”

This is the first time a York JROTC did this service, according to Amber Clark, a JROTC teacher at York and the first female commander of Rock Hill’s VFW post.

The names of all 214 local members of the military killed in action from World War I through Iraq and Afghanistan will be read during a memorial service at the cemetery at 4 p.m. Sunday.

York County’s monument with all those 214 names on it is at Lakeview cemetery.

Clark said she thought her students would feel “humbled” to look through the gravestones, see where each military member had served, and place the flag next to them.

“It’s extremely important,” Clark said. “The veterans organizations already do this, but they know the importance of this. It’s important to see the youth doing this, so they can have respect and have their eyes opened to what it means.

“I feel thanked,” Nance said. “They gave their life for this country.”

David Thackham: 803-329-4066, @dthackham

Want to honor York County’s fallen veterans?

The annual York County Memorial Day weekend ceremony is 4 p.m. Sunday at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York, located on U.S. 321 between York and Clover.

The names of all 214 members of the military killed in action from World War I through Iraq and Afghanistan will be read. York County’s monument with all those 214 names on it is at Lakeview cemetery.

Gold Star mothers of fallen veterans killed in combat will be honored.

The event features speakers, music, and is free and open to the public. It is put on annually by the York County Veterans Advisory Council.

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