Amidst all the chaos and essentially bad news, it is nice to know that there are still good people out there. One of those people include a 12-year-old boy from California who was disheartened when he noticed the lack of flags and flowers on veterans’ headstones. He made this discovery when he went to visit his grandfather’s grave two years ago, on Veterans Day.
Young Preston Sharp decided then that he wanted to take action and do something about it. He set a goal and worked hard to make sure it was met. What was his goal you ask? He made sure every veterans’ headstone had a flag and a flower at McDonald’s Chapel in Redding Memorial Park.
He didn’t stop there, though.
Fox News reports:
[T]hat goal quickly expanded to include the deceased veterans buried at other cemeteries in surrounding counties.
So Sharp created a GoFundMe page for help in reaching his goal. As of May 2017, according to the fundraiser’s page, Sharp “organized the placement of more than 17,500 flags and flowers at cemeteries across Northern California.”
So far, Sharp has raised $30,305 of his $500,000 goal.
Sharp’s website says that locals come out to help him on Sunday mornings – “to clean headstones, replace weathered flags and flowers and say ‘Thank You’ to those that have provided their services to our country.”
For his efforts in recognizing veterans, Sharp has received community awards and recognition from military organizations throughout the state, FOX 46 reported.
And now, Sharp has expanded his goal, according to his GoFundMe. He’s looking to honor “as many veterans as possible between Redding and Sacramento.”
If you or anyone you know would like to donate towards Sharp’s cause in honoring veterans, check out his his GoFundMe page for more details.