Scouts place 42,000 flags on graves at Memphis’ National Cemetery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Scouts from across the Mid-South gathered very early Saturday morning to honor those who served and died for their country.

For the 31st year, scouts took part in a ceremony honoring veterans following by placement of flags on graves at Memphis National Cemetery.

In just 44 minutes, the Cub scouts, Boy scouts, Girl scouts and American Heritage Girls placed 42,000 flags.

Before the scouts started helping, it took cemetery workers a week to put the flags out, the first year the scouts helped it took one full day.

A similar event was held Saturday morning at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery near Germantown.

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