“W.G. Mack … Thank you for your service.”

Whether known or unknown, over and over this morning, the names of those buried at Camp Nelson National Cemetery were read aloud in tribute to service not forgotten.

“Soldier 2145 … Thank you for your service.”

The Camp Nelson Flag and Flower Challenge

Kentucky deputy commissioner for Veterans Affairs Heather French Henry pays tribute to Veterans at Camp Nelson National Cemetery on Flag Day.

About 100 volunteers joined the national Flag and Flower Challenge at Camp Nelson. The effort was started two years ago by California resident Preston Sharp. Now 12 years old, Sharp has placed more than 65,000 flags and flowers at Veterans gravesites in 13 states over the last two years. Today’s event adds to that tally, with another 5000-plus flags and flowers and his 14th state.

“A Veteran’s name not said out loud is a Veteran forgotten,” Sharp told the volunteers gathered to help remember those who served. “Whenever you place a flag and a flower, say the Veteran’s name out loud and ‘thank you for your service.'”

Kentucky’s deputy commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Heather French Henry, thanked Sharp and local organizers for bringing the Flag and Flower Challenge to Camp Nelson.

“Thanks to you and the many others who are here, we are showing future generations that we will never forget another generation’s service and sacrifice,” said Henry.

“We often times talk about sacrifice and service that goes unrecognized,” Henry told the volunteers. “Whether it’s one day or 100 years, it’s never too late to say thank you, even it it means standing in front of their grave and placing a flower, placing a flag.”

Through the Flag and Flower Challenge, Sharp has been placing flags and flowers on the graves of Veterans since Veterans Day 2015. He began doing so after visiting his U.S. Navy Veteran grandfather’s grave, only to discover that there were no flags placed on the graves of Veterans.

For his efforts, the 12-year-old was recognized by President Donald Trump during this year’s State of the Union address this past January. At Camp Nelson, Sharp joined Marine Corps Veteran retired Cpl. Matthew Bradford who was also featured at the State of the Union Address. To learn more about Sharp, please click here.

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Published on Jun. 14, 2018

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  1. Gabriel Adeleke June 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    A big shout out to the US Protectors and for those who lost their lives your sacrifices will no go unrecognized

  2. gudtalent chrisent June 27, 2018 at 5:45 am

    wow, this is indeed a great thing to me. shout out to all the US protectors. you guys are doing an incredible job.

  3. Scot Moore June 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    My brother, Garey Robin Moore is buried here, I Just want to say thank you not only to all the heroic men and women laid to rest here, but also those who honor them.

  4. L. Small June 22, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    This is extra special to me. My brother is buried at Camp Nelson and his birthday is on June 14th, Flag Day. Thank you!!

  5. Prosperity June 18, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Big Salute to all protectors of life in the United States. They leave a huge legacy on their historic names and our welfare. Massive respects!

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