Volunteers, Boy Scouts place thousands of flags on the graves of veterans

Thousands of flags placed to honor fallen at Arlington National Cemetery

The girls worked as a team to produce grave rubbings, while troop leaders proudly took photos of the effort to remember the special pilgrimage.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday formerly known as Decoration Day.

Soldiers from the Civil War to the Iraq War all found their final resting places at the cemetery. The holiday was officially declared to be Memorial Day in 1967.

Programs will be held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery and Hills Ferry Cemetery this weekend.

South St. Paul - Parade: Starting at 9:30 a.m. Monday, a parade honoring Memorial Day will follow a route from 6th and Marie avenues, north on 15th Avenue, to Oak Hill Cemetery.

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Congressman Jim Costa will be the keynote speaker.

All citizens of Fayette County are invited to attend and encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The cemetery is located nine miles from Highway 95 on W. Dufort Road.

Looking ahead to Memorial Day, volunteers from the community are being asked to join in placing 4,500 flags at the Resthaven Cemetery at 19th Street and Frankford Avenue ahead of the annual Memorial Day service there Monday, which as always, is open to the community. Blue Crosses designating the graves of auxiliary members, and Gold Stars will be placed at the graves of mothers of fallen soldiers.

The event will including a keynote address by Retired Colonel Anita Deason.

Flags were provided by the American Legion, the Puyallup Historical Society and Veterans of Foreign Wars. "The boys of Troop 72 are proud to put up the flags and we were happy this year to see that over half of them were new".

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