CLEBURNE (CBSDFW.COM) – Inside a warehouse in Cleburne there are dozens of boxes filled with flags. It’s a delivery just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.
When Bob Fussner opens each box he can’t help but smile. “It’s really a honor should be given to every veteran,” says Fussner. “It’s something we had to do no matter what.”
He knows the sacrifice made all too well. “I am a former Marine. Six years in the Marine Corp - 3rd generation Marine,” says Fussner. “My father was in World War II my grand-dad was in World War I.”
For weeks Fussner has been trying to raise money to buy the American flags. He wants to put one next to the head stone of each grave at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. It’s a tradition that still goes on at some of the older cemeteries.
“I’ve always noticed that they did the avenue of flags, but never placed individual American flags on graveside this year I decided to make a change,” says Fussner.
Fussner and his troop of volunteers have raised more than $15,000 to by 28,000 flags. Sunday morning they will be going to the cemetery and getting to work.
“Freedom comes at a price and that price is shown at all national cemeteries,” says Fussner “They deserve they deserve to be recognized individually.”
Through the project, Fussner has created a non-profit called Flags for Fallen Vets.
The flags will remain at the cemetery through Wednesday. The group will do it all over again on Veterans Day. They hope to also take on other cemeteries like the Houston National Cemetery.