PARADISE, Calif. -- More than one hundred volunteers gathered at the Paradise Cemetary to place flags over veterans' graves on Saturday in honor of Memorial day.
The Paradise Cemetery is home to 2,400 veteran graves and did not suffer any damage during the Camp Fire. Each grave was honored with a small American flag while many big coffin flags were put up around the cemetary.
"We started it back in 2000 and the purpose was to identify, locate, and document every veteran buried in the cemetary," said Linda Nassie, a volunteer.
Wayne Noel, commander of Disabled American Veterans chapter 106, has organized this event for the last five years and been involved years prior to that. He says it was special to see many volunteers help put up the flags and come together after the devastating Camp Fire.
"It's beautiful to see this and since our town is gone, it brings hope, it brought our community together for one day to put these up to honor our fallen that brings hope and promise to this community again," said Noel.
Congressman Doug LaMalfa was also in attendance to help put up the flags.
"It’s a time of year to pause and think about those who fallen in order to give us our freedom and give us this great nation we have," said LaMalfa.
He goes on to say that the Paradise Cemetary still stands as a marker for everybody during this Memorial day and the future as the town rebuilds.
The group will also need help taking the flags down. They're meeting Monday at the Paradise Cemetary located on 980 Elliott Rd, Paradise, CA 95969 at 4 p.m.
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