Jacksonville National Cemetery encourages volunteers to help place flags on graves Thursday for Memorial Day ceremony

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Volunteers are needed Thursday to help place thousands of flags on graves at Jacksonville National Cemetery.

The cemetery support committee has invited volunteers from schools, scouts, cadets, churches, government agencies, corporations, civic outreach groups or any local group, along with active duty military and veterans, to volunteer Thursday to place flags on the graves.

There are around 20,000.

The event starts at 3:30 pm, but volunteers are encouraged to arrive before 2:45 pm to park and meet.

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Instructions will be given for parking within the cemetery grounds and volunteers will be shown which section of the cemetery they will be working in.

Everyone will meet at Burial Shelter No. 3.

The tradition is to have the flags in place before Saturday’s Memorial Day commemoration ceremony.

The placing of the flags usually attracts overwhelming participation. Last year, more than 3,000 volunteers showed up to help.

The cemetery committee says it will sign any community service verification forms, if necessary.

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