TOP PHOTO: From Eagle I, here is a look at Monday’s flag placing mission.

Front row, left to right, are Chris Thacker, Gunner Sams, Marc Sams, Ryan Cronin, Stewart Thacker, Paul Harmon, Timothy Miller. From left to right on the back row are Wayne Leach, Warren Kitts, Danny McCulley, Crystal Thacker, Charlie Davis, Joann Davis, Lana Douglas, H.R. Douglas, Judith Miller and Ed Housley.

By Charlie Hutson

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Monday was a beautiful sunny morning atop the ridge at Bakers Forge Cemetery; the perfect day to place flags on the graves of veterans. The event was coordinated by Jellico Honor Guard Commander Danny McCulley.

Chris Thacker and Paul Harmon

Several groups including Boy Scout Troop 310, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1148 and members of the Jellico and Campbell County Honor Guards helped place the flags. “We had 2,000 flags to put out,” said McCulley.

Ryan Cronin, Marc Sams and Crystal Thacker.

The cemetery was divided into grids ahead of the task of setting out a flag on every veterans grave.

Ed Housley, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1148 President, Danny McCulley Commander of the Jellico Honor Guard, Chris Thacker, Scoutmaster Troop 310 and Crystal Thacker, Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 310.

“Many of the veterans graves were easy to recognize because of the marker itself. Several of the scouts have helped with this before, and they knew what to look for,” said Chris Thacker, Scoutmaster of Troop 310.

Stewart Thacker and Gunner Sams at a different veteran marker.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/23/2023-6AM)

2 Replies to “Veterans, scouts place 2,000 U-S Flags on veterans graves at Bakers Forge”

  1. Thank you so much! I have family who were veterans that are buried at Bakers Forge. So I truly appreciate your efforts in honoring our veterans.
    I would love to see this done in all cemeteries. And I’m sure there are many who would volunteer to help. God bless you all,

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