Flags at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. (Photo: Ark. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
LITTLE ROCK Ark. (KTHV)--A Labor of Love, that's how one person describes spending hours upon hours walking in a cemetery looking for veterans' stones, so she can put a flag on.
Honoring our veterans is something many do, but Bobbie Highfill took it to a whole new level. She spent that past eight months checking 22,000 graves just to see which one belonged to a soldier. So far she's identified more than 950. With the help of high school students, she completed her goal and put an American flag on stones throughout the cemetery.
Bobbie Highfill was visiting family members at the Roselawn Memorial Park when she noticed a lot of veteran's burials didn't have flags. "I just started canvassing and looking for them, and the only way I can notice them is by a plaque," says Highfill. So she started searching the cemetery in March. "There's a hundred acres out here, and I've walked through every inch of it but one section."
Now, that she knows which plot belongs to American Heroes, she is making sure each one gets a little red white and blue, with the help of ROTC students from Little Rock. "The majority is World War II veterans, they're the reason we're free and they need to be remembered. All the guys in the national cemeteries have flags on them but these guys don't and they need that recognition," explains Highfill.
Bobbie is not finished, yet. She says she still has one small section to check for veterans. She also needs some help. A lot of veterans are buried out there without any marking on their headstones, so if you have a relative or loved one you know about you can give Bobbie a call at 501-224-6519 and she will make sure they get a flag.