CALEDONIA, Mich. (WOOD)– On this Memorial Day, a young girl from Caledonia decided to honor our soldiers by writing a letter and laying flowers on their graves.
Lauren Quada, 6, was at a family party this weekend when she asked her mother for crayons and paper.
“She draws a lot. I didn’t think anything of it and she took the crayons and paper and went out on the deck,” said Susan Quada, Lauren’s mother.
Lauren then came back into the house with a drawing and a letter that she wrote herself.
“She wrote what Memorial Day means to her and then she proceeded to ask if we could go to the cemetery to lay flowers down on some of the grave sites of the soldiers who passed away,” said Susan.
The Quada family and a few family friends then went to Blain Cemetery in Cutlerville.
“We took a pot of flowers and we all packed in the car to drive to the local cemetery. She went grave site to grave site,” said Susan.
Lauren thanked each of the soldiers by name for their service.
“I wanted to thank them for fighting,” said Lauren.
Among those she honored, David Warsen, a U.S. Navy Seal from Kentwood who passed away after a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2012.
The Quada’s believe they will make a family tradition out of Lauren’s actions.
“The fact that it’s so important to her, I think we should recognize that and maybe make this a tradition every year to go and honor those who served our country,” said Susan.
The family hopes their message will reach the families of those who fought for our freedom.
“I hope this will touch the families of those who lost their loved ones in a special way. There are people out there even children who are recognizing the fact that their loved ones served this country and they’re remembered,” said Susan.