Flags placed on the graves at Springfield National Cemetery

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Community members gathered at the Rock Island National Cemetery to place nearly 30 thousand flags.

According to Arlington National Cemetery's website, within four hours, they place flags at more than 228,000 headstones and at more than 7,000 niche rows in the Columbarium Courts and the Niche Wall. "We do it for the veterans who gave their lives for our country".

Flags set to honor veterans

It will host one the state's largest Memorial Day ceremonies Monday. The girls worked as a team to produce grave rubbings, while troop leaders proudly took photos of the effort to remember the special pilgrimage. The public is encouraged to attend. Volunteers are also needed to pull out the small flags that are decorating the gravesites. The cemetery is located nine miles from Highway 95 on W. Dufort Road. Blue Crosses designating the graves of auxiliary members, and Gold Stars will be placed at the graves of mothers of fallen soldiers. Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri Post 1214 is putting on the Memorial Day ceremony here this year, and they were also in charge of making sure the approximately 15,000 flags we're put in place before the holiday.

The Hills Ferry Cemetery program is conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Joseph G. Rose Post 7635; American Legion, Manuel M. Lopes Post 240; and their respective auxiliary. We're here, we're honoring them. Cemetery officials will provide the flags, although members of the community who want to bring or donate their own are encouraged to do so.

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