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Americans place flags for Memorial Day

Posted at 6:57 PM, May 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-26 20:57:00-04

Veterans, families and Cub Scouts placed flags at the Yellowstone National  Cemetery in Laurel.

The flags honored more than about 900 veterans at the national cemetery and about 500 at the Laurel cemetery.

About 15 from Cub Scout Pack 421 helped the American Legion for the second year.

This is all in preparation for the ceremony on Monday at noon.

"It’s chilling,” said Stephen McCollum, Yellowstone National Cemetery manager. “It just gives you goosebumps to see this beauty and this kind of care that people really do care about our veterans and care about our service."

"We hope to show the scouts the importance of memorializing our veterans, men and women,” said Dave Jackson, Pack 421 Assistant Cub Master. “And being very respectful and having a place to serve instead of a look from a far."

"I get awed,” said Ray Southworth, incoming commander for American Legion Post 123 in Laurel.  “There’s not a time I don’t come up here, there’s not a veteran or a wife. asking them if there’s anything we can do, just caring. might just put your arm around them.  It’s pretty moving. this place moves me."

In Billings, members of the Billings Rotary Club placed flags next to the graves of veterans at Michelotti-Sawyers Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.

The project started when one of the club members noticed no flags for the veterans.

Michelotti-Sawyers will hold a Memorial Day ceremony starting at 11 on Monday morning.