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May 14, 2020

Volunteers sought to place flags at veterans’ graves

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With American Legion Post 72 scheduling them, volunteers will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Warrenton Cemetery.
After a two-year lapse, volunteers on Saturday will again place flags at the graves of military veterans in the Warrenton Cemetery.

The “Flags In Project” tradition precedes Memorial Day on Monday, May 25.

Starting at 9 a.m. May 16, “small groups of volunteers will meet at the Warrenton Cemetery to place U.S. flags on over 600 greaves of identified veterans interned in the cemetery,” American Legion Post 72 Commander Claude Davenport wrote in announcement. “The U.S. flags will remain at the graves sites during the Memorial Day period to allow visitors and family members time to honor their loved ones with this show of respect.”

The effort also seeks volunteers to collect the flags, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30, Mr. Davenport said.

Walmart donated 700 new flags for the program. Moser Funeral Home will loan a canopy to provide shade for Saturday’s volunteers.

Post 72 seeks “volunteers from the Warrenton and Fauquier County civic, church and youth groups, as well as other local organizations to join in for this project,” Mr. Davenport said.

To volunteer or for more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the post at 540-347-7740. Information about the process will be provided in advance.

The project will follow social distancing and small group guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Davenport said.

Because of the pandemic, the Fauquier Veterans Council has cancelled its traditional Memorial Day ceremony.
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