50K vets' graves in Mass. get first flags

May 28, 2011

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BOURNE, Mass.—Hundreds of volunteers have traveled to Bourne to plant 50,000 flags at a military veteran's cemetery that until now has forbidden flags on the markers.

The effort Saturday at the Massachusetts National Cemetery was organized by the family of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti, a Medal of Honor recipient killed in Afghanistan in 2006.

Monti's aunt, Fran Monti-Harring, told the Cape Cod Times the family wanted to see a flag on her nephew's grave, and it seemed fitting to also honor all the veterans.

The cemetery was designed to display rows of flags along the road in, but not near its flat markers, so it's easier to maintain the grounds. Under a new agreement, the flags can be placed at markers on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and removed a week later.