By Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register
May 19, 2020
Matthew Keller, 11, of Orange, quietly brought his right hand to the bill of his cap, saluting a veteran’s gravesite after placing an American flag into the ground at the western edge of Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana on Tuesday morning, May 19.
Keller along with his two brothers, Patrick, 7, and Jeremy, 17, all members of the Boy Scouts, and their father, Rich Keller, walked through their assigned section of the cemetery, hands full of flags, looking for some of the approximately 3,000 veterans buried at Fairhaven.
The family has volunteered the past few years to place flags in preparation for Memorial Day.
Since 1978, the scouts from Troop 28 in Santa Ana have placed the flags on all of the gravesites of veterans as a service project. But with the coronavirus pandemic this year, the group gathering was canceled.
Instead, members of the community are pitching in all week to get the flags placed in a more socially distanced effort.
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