Last Memorial Day, someone took $2,000 in flags from the Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines. All new flags and then some have since been donated as the cemetery preps for this Memorial Day.
It was a big job for Boy Scouts and Girl Scout troops who volunteered today. They helped place flags on 650 veterans’ grave-sites.
However, not all the flags were put out on Saturday. Crews will finish the job later this week.
Cemetery manager, Johnny Audette, says the cemetery was able to recover thanks to the donations. He hopes now the thieves will respect the veterans and community effort.
“A little flag to honor what we enjoy for our freedom goes a long way and these kids really going to enjoy doing what they do.”
The cemetery says they are boosting their security on the grounds. They will have watchmen guarding the flags all day on Memorial Day.