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For the Fallen: Volunteers Plant Flags at DFW National Cemetery

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DALLAS -- "Once you see all the flags placed and a little breeze blowing, it really hits home," Flags for Fallen Vets Founder Bob Fussner said Sunday.

More than 2,000 people were posted at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery Sunday morning. Their mission: place 36,000 American flags at the graves of our fallen military heroes.

Cleburne's Billy Smallwood is one of many who came to visit a loved one.

"It makes my heart heavy, but yeah, it helps," he said after leaving his father's (Army Sergeant and Vietnam veteran Billy Smallwood) gravestone. "Seeing all these people take care of all these guys, it's probably one of the greatest feelings you'll ever have in the world."

For lots of others, the day offered a lesson.

"We wanted to just show to them the sacrifice that's been made on behalf of us and our nation," Joe Marney said about bringing his wife and two kids to the cemetery.

"We adopted her from China just a year-and-a-half ago," Curtis Strawn added about his young daughter. "This is an experience for her to come out and see what it really takes to be an American."

Really, all of that is the point for organizing group, Flags for Fallen Vets.

"We make a promise to our veterans that we're not going to forget them, so we want to make sure that happens, that people come out and understand the price that's paid for it," Fussner said.

For all 36,000 at DFW and the countless others who gave their lives, thank you for your service.

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