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People Honor Fallen Soldiers at Fort Bliss Cemetery

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Monday, May 30, 2011 - 5:10pm

EL PASO - Six year old Arianna probably doesn't understand the meaning of war or what it takes to be free, but she's already doing her part to honor those who've fallen.
"We try to come over and give our respects to them today. And with the girl scouts we're able to do that," said Danette Castillo.
Castillo's daughter Alexis and her fellow girl scouts made small flags to honor the troops at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.
Each girl placed one flag on a soldiers headstone and all of them no doubt knew what it was for.
Alexis Castillo told us, "It's to serve the soldiers who gave us freedom."
One grave holds special meaning for the Castillo family.
It's where Danette's grandfather, Franklin Flore, is buried.
The importance of that is something she's already instilled in her daughter.
"She has that respect for military. Now she has someone in her family who's involved. She can come out and it means a great deal to her," said Danette.
You couldn't help but feel proud today as you walked through the cemetery.
Thousands of flags could be seen blowing in the wind.
Danette said, "It's wonderful to see how they honored them with all the flags. It's gorgeous, absolutely beautiful. I think what they did out here is amazing."
However, for some people seeing the graves is a sad reminder of all the lives that have been lost.
Donald Arms is a retired Navy Veteran who now teaches ROTC.
He comes to the cemetery every year and always takes the time to look at individual headstones and honor each soldier.
"This is the least I think I could do. To come out here and say thank you and try to be the best American I can be. Pay tribute to these guys," Arms said.

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