The Newnan Times-Herald


Honoring the brave

  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • May. 26, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Honoring the brave

The Newnan Times-Herald

Alexander DeWitt, 2, places an American flag in the ground in front of a soldier’s headstone Saturday morning in the Oak Hill Cemetery. He was helping his grandfather, Jim Woolstenhulme, and about 50 other volunteers mark the gravesites of fallen soldiers in honor of Memorial Day.

About 50 military veterans and volunteers spent early Saturday morning honoring fallen soldiers by placing American flags in front of their final resting place at the Oak Hill and Forest Lawn Cemeteries in Newnan.

The annual tradition commemorates the sacrifices the soldiers made for their country during the Memorial Day weekend.

The group met at Coweta Veterans Club, headquarters of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2667 off N. Highway 29 around 8:30 a.m. to pick up hundreds of small flags before heading to the cemeteries. The local VFW post sponsors the flag project each year.

One of the youngest volunteers walking around the Oak Hill Cemetery was 2-year-old Alexander Dewitt.

He helped his grandfather, Jim Woolstenhulme, locate soldier’s headstones and place the flags into the ground.

When asked what the flag stood for, Alexander stared at the red, white and blue and said with a smile, “The U.S.A.”

Woolstenhulme said he enjoyed having his grandson by his side as they honored the dozens of soldiers buried in Oak Hill.

“These are the kinds of things we like to do together. This is good,” he said.

Woolstenhulme held Alexander’s hand as they walked through the cemetery.

Every so often, Woolstenhulme would stop, point out a headstone and read the inscription to his grandson.

More volunteers and their families followed, leaving behind many small, yet powerful symbols of our country in commemoration of the fallen American heroes.

The flags will remain in front of the soldier’s headstones through Memorial Day.