- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Girl Scout troop in Southern California used its cookie sale earnings to replace the hundreds of American flags stolen from a cemetery over Memorial Day weekend.

Michael Blake, the administrative assistant at Elsinore Valley Cemetery, said roughly 650 flags were missing from a storage shed on Saturday — the day they were supposed to be placed on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day, a local NBC affiliate reported.

Boy and Girl Scouts have helped the cemetery with the Memorial Day project for the past six years. When girls of Troop 1124 learned of the theft Saturday morning, they decided to use their cookie money to reimburse the cemetery.

“We used our cookie money to buy new flags so we can remember and honor our veterans,” troop leader Cynthia Bertoldo’s daughter, Emiley, told NBC.

The girls spent $450 after taking trips to Wal-Mart, Big Lot, and Dollar Tree.

Mr. Blake called the girls “saviors of the day” and said it was “really awesome of them to step up and do it for us, because that wasn’t cheap,” NBC reported.

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