34,000 American flags placed at Wood Cemetery

Posted at 12:17 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 14:00:49-04

MILWAUKEE -- Nearly 34,000 American flags have been placed at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee ahead of Memorial Day.

Cemetery staff and volunteers placed them at the graves of our veterans Friday. There will be a Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery Monday.

Originally known as Soldiers Home Cemetery, the name was changed in 1937 to honor Gen. George Wood, a longtime member of the Soldiers' Home Board of Managers. It became a national cemetery in 1973.

Visitors will find a 60-foot granite Civil War Soldiers and Sailors monument that was erected in 1903 and sculpted by local craftsmen. A memorial pathway is also lined with a number of memorials, most commemorating soldiers of 20th-century wars.

Get more information on the cemetery's website here.