‘Helping people who helped us’ — Families place flags on graves of Metro Detroit veterans

Veterans, scouts and patriotic Americans placed flags at gravestones. It’s when you take a step back and see the sheer number of flags, the significance becomes even more profound.

“It makes me sad to see so many flags, but it makes me happy to see so many helping,” said Ed Burkhardt, American Legion Post 253.

On Saturday, dozens of families placed flags and cleaned veteran graves at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak.

“There are thousands upon thousands of veterans in this cemetery alone, let alone hundreds of thousands in the Metro area honoring those who have served. This Memorial Day long weekend tradition has been taking place for more than 80 years,” said Robert Madison, VFW Post 1669.

“For people to give up a little of their time during the long weekend, it’s what Memorial Day is all about,” said Madison.

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