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Honoring the fallen: Group takes Memorial Day road trip to place over 1,000 flags on gravesites

Posted at 12:55 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 13:55:51-04

As we honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our county, many Memorial Day services were canceled due to coronavirus. Wood National Cemetery held a private Memorial Day wreath ceremony while the service was streamed live online.

John King, a navy veteran, has been going to the cemetery on Memorial Day for more than 20 years. He said he wanted to make sure the fallen heros were not alone.

"You have to think of all these people who gave it all," said King.

Josh Sedgwick, along with a small group of family members and friends, drove from Allenton, Wis. to Milwaukee to place more than 1,600 American flags on graves.

"They gave everything for us to have everything that we do have, that’s why it’s important, just to show our respects and say thank you," said Sedgwick.

Due to COVID-19, the National Cemetery Association canceled the mass placement of gravesite flags by volunteers for health and safety concerns. Sedgwick said planting the flags was the right thing to do.

"They gave everything for us, it’s the very least we can do."

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