Families visit veteran graves ahead of Veterans Day

Families visit veteran graves ahead of Veterans Day

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Flags were placed in front of each headstone at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville. Flags were placed in front of each headstone at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville.
"My heart feels sad but happy that they have served our country and deserve to have these flags on their graves," said Sandra Peels, a wife of a local veteran. "My heart feels sad but happy that they have served our country and deserve to have these flags on their graves," said Sandra Peels, a wife of a local veteran.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Ahead of celebrating our nation's heroes Monday, many families spent this weekend visiting the graves of local veterans.

It's what brought Sandra Peels out to visit her father Willie Haggard at his final resting spot Sunday afternoon.

"My heart feels sad but happy that they have served our country and deserve to have these flags on their graves," said Peels.

Close by Wanda Haag remembered how her husband John was proudest on Veterans Day because he could still fit into his uniform.

"Well up until the year he died he wore that uniform," said Haag.

No soldier is forgotten as coins rests on headstones which hold a special meaning along with fresh flowers and newly added American flags.

Mia Kirkland places flowers on her husband's headstone. She said seeing the flag brought her to tears.

"I do see the flag a whole lot different now especially now that he's gone, but I learned a whole lot from him about it," said Kirkland.

On Monday, the City of Knoxville will honor our nation's heroes during the 88th annual Veterans Day Parade. It starts at 10:40 a.m. at the Knoxville Coliseum.

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