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11-Year Old Fixes Overturned Flags For Veterans After Storm: ‘Grandpa’s Looking Down At Me’

by Rachel Gariepy
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An 11-year old girl and her mother are being honored for their hard work in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery after a storm knocked over the copious numbers of flags placed at the graves of fallen veterans and citizens.

April Croskey and her daughter Hannah were headed to the cemetery over the weekend to pay respects to Hannah’s grandfather, who is buried there. Because a significant storm had just heavily affected the area, most of the flags had been knocked over by strong storm winds and were no longer in their proper places, adorning the graves of the deceased.

When April mentioned how terrible it was that all of the flags were knocked over, Hannah told her mom they should pull over and work to upright each overturned flag.

Though April was skeptical at first, “One row led to one section which led to another section and we ended up getting the whole thing done.”

Watch the full video to see how much work the mother-and-daughter team had to do to make sure all was right in the Ohio cemetery, and see how the cemetery director honors the young woman and her mother.

If more Americans took the time to put in a little bit of extra effort to lend a helping hand in their day-to-day lives, we would have a much more beautiful world to enjoy.

Footage provided by WJW Cleveland

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