Father Honors Son, Other War Dead

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Paul Monti's son, Specialist First Class Jared C. Monti, of Raynham, Massachusetts was killed by insurgents in Afghanistan in 2006. He died while trying to save a buddy, Brian Bradbury, who had been seriously wounded in the attack and later died during his evacuation, when the cable hoisting him to a helicopter snapped and he plunged to the ground. In 2009, Jared Monti was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his efforts to save Bradbury that day.

But when Jared Monti's father Paul Monti visited his son’s final resting spot at the National Cemetery on Cape Cod one Veterans Day, he was concerned because there were no American flags on his son’s grave or the thousands of others at that cemetery. So he started a project called Flags for Vets to raise money to buy more than 50,000 flags for those graves for this Memorial Day. On Saturday, Paul and other volunteers will be placing the flags on the graves, starting at noon at the cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. There’s still time to volunteer and/or donate.

This program aired on May 26, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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