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Cemetery Flags of Honor Day is today in Elburn

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:17 p.m. CDT

ELBURN – A longtime Elburn tradition now has an official designation. Today is Cemetery Flags of Honor Day in Elburn, and anyone is welcome to help in the placing of American flags on the grave sites of local veterans.

Village President Dave Anderson made the proclamation at a recent Elburn Village Board meeting. The proclamation reads that "as long as can be remembered" the flags have been placed at the grave sites on the Thursday before Memorial Day, which now will be known as Cemetery Flags of Honor Day.

It was a task done for years in part by Carrie Petrie, a member of the Elburn American Legion Auxiliary. Petrie died earlier this year.

John Nevenhoven of Elburn American Legion Post 630, said people can help starting at about 5:30 p.m. today at local cemeteries. The task is done by members of Boy Scout Troop 7, Cub Scout Pack 107, and members of the legion and legion auxiliary.

Anderson said the legion asked for the proclamation, "and I happy accepted." Nevenhoven said the task takes about an hour.

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