3rd grader looks for one special soldier among graves of fallen heroes

posted by Erica Lunsford, WCIV - 

Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (WCIV) — Students at James B. Edwards Elementary in Mt. Pleasant walked to Memorial Gardens on Wednesday for a special assignment leading up to Memorial Day.

Each third grader placed a flag at the grave of a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For one student, Aidan, it was a day to remember one particular military member—his father.

Adian says his father served in the Army, and passed away a few weeks ago in Charleston due to a medical issue.

While placing flags with his classmates, he and a friend searched for his dad's grave, but the headstone hadn't been placed yet.

"When we first got here, I was looking for where my dad was," he said.

He took the time to share his favorite memories about his father. 

"We would always go get slushies every month with my little sister," he remembers.

The students were invited to place the flags on the gravestones by the American Legion of Mt. Pleasant.

Fred Timmons, Past Commander said it's a great way for them to learn and honor fallen soldiers for Memorial Day.

"This is a great opportunity for these third graders to begin to learn about patriotism, and about the sacrifices men and women have made," he said.

The students also had a chance to speak to veterans who were also there to help place flags for the fallen heroes.

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