On Veterans Day, the Beta Xi chapter at the University of Georgia assembled at Evergreen Memorial Park, in Athens, Ga. with 500 American flags. To celebrate and honor soldiers on Veterans Day, the chapter purchased the flags and planted them on as many veteran graves as they could.
“We thought it would be a good opportunity to give back to veterans,” said Beta Xi President Hunter Whitfield, Georgia ’13. “Give back to those that serve, give back to those that may have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
Supporting the troops holds a special place for the chapter, some of whom are in the ROTC program at the University of Georgia and others who have had family serving in wars.
“Military is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” said Beta Xi Membership Orientation Officer Teighler Matty, Georgia ’14, a ROTC cadet.
Matty earned a full scholarship to Georgia on the condition that he serve as second lieutenant when he graduates. He appreciated the idea of planting flags in the cemetery to honor the troops, saying it was a practice he was used to seeing when he was in high school.
The Beta Xi chapter will be continuing to support veterans in the future, such as writing letters to the troops during Christmas and donating money to a nonprofit.