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Volunteers to put flags on graves in Florence National Cemetery

May 22, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence National Cemetery officials are asking for volunteers to turn out Saturday to help place flags at every marker in the cemetery – approximately 14,000 graves in all.

Volunteers will be joined by the cemetery staff, Boy Scouts and JROTC units from Pee Dee-area schools.

Prior to flag placement, Michael Hesbach, the leader of the Pee Dee Area Boy Scouts of America, will speak about 10 Medal of Honor recipients who were Eagle Scouts.

Saturday’s event will start at 10 a.m.

Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery will start at 10 a.m. at the cemetery. The speaker will be Brig. Gen. Stephen B. Owens, the director of the Joint Staff of the South Carolina National Guard.

In other news related to Memorial Day, the Florence Baptist Temple Salute to Armed Forces will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church on South Irby Street in Florence. Veterans/military may wear their uniform.