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Yesterday Ken and I went to the National Cemetary in Farmingdale, at 8 in the morning, to help remove the flags put on the graves for Memorial Day. There were a good number of people (lots of Boy Scouts also) there to volunteer. We collected the flags in bunches of ten, then rolled them and rested them on top of a headstone. When we had enough bunches, we carried them to one of the large storage bins sitting in various spots in the road.
The rows of graves in the area we were working had about 300 graves in them. All told, there are over 360,000 graves in the cemetary and it is closed to any more burials. All new interments are in the National Cemetary in Calverton, which is rapidly filling up also.
Soldiers' wives and their children are also buried here. Quite a few headstones I saw were for children who lived months, days, or not at all.
The cemetary goes back to the Spanish-American War. I saw a handful of those stones; most were WW1; then WW2 and some for Korea.
Ken and I removed, no kidding, about 1000 flags each in 2 hours. By then, our area, as far as we could see, was stripped of all flags.
When we were done, we used the computer in the office to locate Ken's Aunt and Uncles' grave. Walked a loooong way until we found it. We tried looking for Ken's brothers little baby who died at 2 months of age, but we had the spelling of her name wrong, so we didn't get anywhere. Next year.

It was a very satisfying day and the weather was perfect. Most of the buried were from N.Y. but some were from other states and some from other countries. There is a whole section with headstones for those whose bodies were never recovered.

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Sounds like a busy and worthwhile day...

It was most interesting, reading the names of the soldiers and wives and children. Lots of walking over uneven ground and my knees are still reminding me of it today! :D

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