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Day of Caring honors veterans at Historic Oaklawn Cemetery

October 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

It was perfect fall weather for a "Day of Caring" at Historic Oaklawn Cemetery. It was not only a day for cleanup, but as FOX 10's Lee Peck shows us

Congressman Bradley Byrne was on hand to honor the hundreds of veterans buried in Oaklawn Cemetery -- giving an American flag that flew above the U. S. Capitol Building back in September. "And it's appropriate we honor them by having a flag from the Capitol here -- and further honor them with all of these volunteers to try and clean up the grave sites," said Rep. Byrne. Mobile native Col. Roosevelt Lewis Junior also brought a fitting gift to pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen who are buried there -- like Captain Leon Roberts killed in World War II. According to Lewis, tradition holds that Tuskegee Airmen take soil from historic Moton Field, where they're trained, for added protection. "And they put it in their flight suit in the leg of their flight suit and they carry it on missions, especially tough missions," explained Lewis. In remembrance of the brave, Col. Lewis scattered the hallowed soil around the flag pole. Meanwhile, the cemetery has extra meaning for Lewis.

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