CALIF. - Thousands of scouts have placed American flags on the graves of veterans in a ceremony ahead of Memorial Day.
More than 6,000 children including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts participated in the event Saturday at Los Angeles National Cemetery.
Each scout placed a flag in the ground by each grave and saluted.
Organizers say nearly 90,000 flags were placed in tribute.
Many people in the community of Paradise came out early Saturday to distribute hundreds of flags to Paradise Cemetery graves.
The cemetery dates back to pre-Civil War times. There are 13 Civil War veterans buried there, and three of them from the Confederacy.
Placing flags on veterans’ graves means so much to so many people. Wayne Noel says he is a disabled veteran. He wanted to help. He says, “I enjoy being out here and doing something for my country. I’m not in the military no more. I have been for a long time, but it's still my duty to put this thing up for people to see. If you forget your past you ain’t got no future.”
In 2007, Private First Class Steven Joseph Walberg, 18, from Paradise was killed by sniper fire in Operation Enduring Freedom in Baghdad, Iraq.
Organizers say his father attends a Memorial Day ceremony every year in the Paradise Cemetery. They say they are hoping he comes again this year.
Monday's Memorial Day ceremony starts at 10AM. Everyone is invited.
The American Legion Post 259 says it strives to honor all veterans, and their families.
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