50K Flags Cover Veterans' Cemetery That Barred Them

Hundreds of volunteers show up at Massachusetts National Cemetery
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2011 12:56 PM CDT
People place flags on grave markers at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass. Saturday, May 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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(Newser) – A true example of patriotism out of Massachusetts: Hundreds of volunteers descended on the town of Bourne this weekend. Their mission? Plant 50,000 flags at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, which until now hasn't allowed the red, white, and blue to fly at its grave markers, citing the difficulty of maintaining the grounds, reports My Fox Boston. But now—thanks to the work of the family of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti, a Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006—flags may be placed at the markers on Memorial Day and Veterans Day; they will be removed a week later. (Read more Memorial Day stories.)

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