Volunteers putting up flags at Dayton National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day

DAYTON — The Dayton National Cemetery is getting ready for Memorial Day on Monday.

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Only veterans are laid to rest there and decorations are going up for their day of remembrance.

News Center 7′s Kayla McDermott said volunteers put up 275 U.S. Flags on Friday to make sure the cemetery is decorated for Memorial Day.

These flags are called the “Avenue of Flags.”

They line the road through the cemetery and state flags are also posted around Monument Hill.

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News Center 7 spoke with Doug Ledbetter, Director of Dayton National Cemetery.

He said Memorial Day is about remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Ledbetter also said people who go to Dayton National Cemetery on Monday should be able to see a visual representation of our freedom with the American Flag alongside the tombstones of fallen Veterans.

“Anytime we can get folks involved in the cemetery to come out and volunteer or just visit the cemetery and see how awesome the grounds are they’re maintained as a national shrine, I think it’s extremely important,” he said.

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McDermott said the decorating is not done yet.

On Saturday, both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will put an American flag on every single one of those tombstones, more than 60,000.

All of this is in preparation for the Memorial Day ceremony taking place Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Dayton National Cemetery.