Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Siouxland groups mark 2500 veteran graves with flags for Memorial Day

Siouxland groups mark 2500 veteran graves with flags for Memorial Day

Flags placed at veterans' graves at Sunset Memorial Gardens - by a boys church group - was completed Thursday.

Across the country this weekend, packs, troops, crews and ships will take part in a solemn Memorial Day tradition: placing flags at the graves of men and women who died serving our country.

Volunteers and local Boy Scout troops are taking the time to place flags on all 6,000 veterans' graves at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester.

On Sunday, the week of events began with a candlelight vigil honoring the memory of veterans and soldiers who have lost their lives to suicide.

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American Legion parade: Starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, a parade honoring Memorial Day will follow a route from Minnesota 95 and Central Avenue to 7th Avenue, 5th Street, and 5th Avenue ending at Hazelwood Cemetery. "They deserve to be remembered and appreciated", he commented.

Soldiers from the Civil War to the Iraq War all found their final resting places at the cemetery. Wednesday flags were placed at Park Cemetery and tonight flags were placed at Holy Cross Cemetery. The public is encouraged to attend. "They're honoring people they don't even know".

The Memorial Day ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Monday with guest speakers, patriotic music and traditional ceremonies scheduled.

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