“It has been awesome. It’s just amazing that I can do something for a veteran.”
“I didn’t get to meet him, but I heard stories about him.” says Preston. “He sounded like a really funny and loving person.”
Through those stories, Preston developed a deep respect for his grandfather and the military.
So when Preston arrived at the cemetery on Veterans Day in 2015 to find not a single flag, it was a slight not just to his grandfather but to all veterans.
“I thought that there would be flags on the grave sites, but I didn’t see any. It was heartbreaking, and I got really frustrated,” says Preston.
“But my mom told me that if I see something wrong, I should do something about it-not just complain about it.”
That night when Preston and his mom, April, returned home, he told her he had a plan. He was going to place a flag and flower at every veteran’s grave in the cemetery to honor their service. April asked him how he was going to afford the flags and flowers. He said, “I’m going to start a GoFundMe.”
“So we took a picture and started the GoFundMe for Flags & Flowers for Vets that evening,” says April. “It took a while, but we were able to afford everything for the first cemetery, which had over 4,000 veterans.”