Duke Energy volunteers place flags at Veterans’ graves in honor of Veterans Day


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On a frosty Monday morning, volunteers, veterans and retired Duke Energy Corporation employees were at the Indiana Veterans Cemetery, placing flags next to veterans headstones in honor of Veterans Day.

In recent years, Duke Energy volunteers have visited the cemetery on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day to place over 2,950 flags, one for each grave in the cemetery.

“We started doing this after receiving a call from the veteran’s home several years ago and they told us they needed help. So we thought that was something we wanted to do, and it really has become a tradition at this point. We take a few minutes out of our day and come here to remember and honor our veterans, ”said Dan Rhodes, director of government and community relations at Duke Energy Corporation.

Duke Energy volunteers place flags on veterans 'headstones at Indiana Veterans' Home Cemetery on Monday, November 8, 2021 in West Lafayette.

When Duke Energy volunteers started this tradition, only a few volunteers came to the event, which ended up taking four hours to place a flag on each grave, but over the years the small group has steadily grown. grow to the point that about 12 volunteers attended Monday’s event.

“I was here last year for the first time volunteering, and I just felt we had to honor our veterans in any way we could. My dad was a veteran, I had uncles who were veterans, I was never in the military myself, but I want to honor our veterans. And I just think it’s the right thing to do, ”said Cordell Kenner, pastor at Whole Truth Apostolic Faith and retired Duke Energy employee.

Rick Bart places flags on veterans headstones at Indiana Veterans' Home Cemetery on Monday, November 8, 2021 in West Lafayette.  Bart and more than a dozen retired Duke Energy volunteers spent Monday morning placing American flags on gravestones ahead of Veterans Day.

“We are fortunate to have the Veteran’s Home here in West Lafayette and we don’t want them to be overlooked,” Rhodes said.

“We’re not here to try to get thanks, it’s not about us and we’re just happy to be a part of it and honor our veterans.”

Noe Padilla is a journalist at Journal & Courier. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at 1NoePadilla.


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