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Honoring veterans with roses

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 01:33

May 25 - Boy Scouts and other volunteers visit Arlington National Cemetery where they lay roses on headstones ahead of Memorial Day. Nathan Frandino reports.

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One by one, Keith Maly and his son Simon are going to headstone to headstone. For each headstone, a rose. The two are among dozens at Arlington National Cemetery, paying respects to veterans ahead of Memorial Day. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SIMON MALY, KEITH MAY'S SON, SAYING: "It sounded like fun." For Keith, a Navy veteran, it was more than fun that brought him out. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KEITH MALY, CUB SCOUT LEADER AND NAVY VETERAN, SAYING: "Today I was brought out here by the sense of duty to show respect for America's men and women in uniform and the sacrifices that they've made across their lives. It's a simple gesture, but I think an important one." The roses are part of a nationwide campaign by the Memorial Day Flower Foundation. The nonprofit collects donations and brings in flowers from all over, including California, Colombia and Ecuador. It also brings in volunteers, like Navy veteran Mark Smith. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARK SMITH, 20-YEAR NAVY VETERAN, SAYING: "Being a retired veteran, I've served with many a great people, and these people have gone before me, doing the same job I did. So I figured it's the least I can do to honor them and their memory." For Smith, the roses just go to show families of the veterans and the veterans themselves... (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARK SMITH, 20-YEAR NAVY VETERAN, SAYING: "Somebody remembers. Somebody cares."

Honoring veterans with roses

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 01:33

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