US flags distributed at Florida National Cemetery

3,000 volunteers place flags at graves of 120,000 vets

BUSHNELL, Fla. - For the first time, all veterans' graves at Florida National Cemetery have small American flags waving over them on Memorial Day.

Over 3,000 volunteers came Sunday to the Bushnell cemetery to place the flags at the graves of 120,000 veterans and their spouses. The flags will be removed Thursday and stored until next year.

The nonprofit Flags for Fallen Vets Inc. organized the event. President and founder Morrison Fussner II tells the Ocala Star-Banner that Florida National Cemetery was one of three national cemeteries in the state lacking flags for Memorial Day.

Fussner hopes to expand the project to Sarasota National Cemetery and South Florida National Cemetery next year. His organization also distributed tens of thousands of flags this year at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery and Houston National Cemetery.

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