Local Makes Sure Veterans Are Remembered Forever

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - In honor of Veterans Day coming up, people recognized those who paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting and defending our freedom today at the Orchard Mesa Veteran's Cemetery.

Cliff Christ was disheartened when he noticed the Orchard Mesa Veteran's Cemetery had no flags placed last Memorial Day. So this year he, his wife and friend took action. 

"You know we have many many heroes here that gave it all for their country and for them to be forgotten just really really hurts me" said Cliff. 

His wife, SJ Christ and friend, Ronald Schaffer walked every headstone for months to map out and locate veterans. 

"It's about twice a week and their cataloging all the locations outside of the veteran section and putting them up on findagrave.com"

Today they accomplish that goal and set out to place about 2,000 American flags not just in the veteran's section but every veteran grave found in the Mesa Cemetery. 

"They're the ones that gave it all, they risked it all, and their families went through all kinds of deployment, separation, and of course passing"

The work also stems from companies and organizations who helped them honor those who fought for our freedom and help them supply those flags. 

"American Legion Post 200, Corecycling, I'm sure Post 78 will be involved, the Three Percenters..."

The work will continue to do this for generations to come.

"These are my brothers and sisters in arms, I want to make sure they're remembered forever"

The team will continue to place flags at the cemetery tomorrow at 10 am.


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