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Volunteers place more than 1400 flags near veterans' tombstones

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Across the panhandle people are planning to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend out on the lake or by having a barbecue but a group of volunteers in Scottsbluff are choosing to celebrate the next few days in a different way.

"Remember to honor our veterans, remember the sacrifices they and their family members have made," said Beth Linn, Vice Commander for the State of Nebraska.
 
On Friday morning, Linn and about fifteen volunteers placed American flags near the graves of veterans at Fairview Cemetery.

Silently, groups of volunteers walked side by side continuing this annual tribute.
 
"I'm a veteran," said Hans Peterson one volunteer. "I've never done it before so I thought this was a good opportunity to give back to those that have gone on before," said the Army veteran placing a flag in the ground.
 
For Linn, she prepares for this tribute two weeks ahead of time.
 
"I come out and try to walk the cemeteries once a year and make sure the graves that we have missed get caught up on. I keep a track through the obituaries and from the funeral homes on any veterans that are deceased throughout the year," she said.
 
Several veterans are being remembered across the state and country this Memorial Day weekend and at Fairview Cemetery more than 1,400 flags have been placed near tombstones.
 
After Memorial Day, Linn will return to Fairview and collect the flags.
 
"We will be picking them up Tuesday morning and drying them out and at the VFW. We lay them out on the tables to dry, we bundle them and put them back into storage for next year," she smiled.

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