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–  Flags grace veteran's graves at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, after annual event

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JEFF REYNOLDS - Scouts with the Thunderbird District of the Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America planted more than 140,000 flags on the graves of veterans buried at Willamette National Cemetery Thursday, May 24.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JEFF REYNOLDS - Kadance Mahan from Cub Scout Pack 214 in Rockwood and a member of his family read the name of the buried veteran before planting a flag above the headstone.With sunlight peeking through an overcast sky, a five-decade old tradition continued among the rolling hills of Willamette National Cemetery in Portland Thursday night. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JEFF REYNOLDS - Tate Reynolds, a member of American Heritage Girls Troop 0613, salutes a veteran buried at Willamette National Cemetery before placing a flag on the grave.

Scouts with the Cascade Pacific Council's Thunderbird District of Boys Scouts of America gathered at the cemetery on May 24, to place flags of remembrance in preparation for Memorial Day. After a solemn opening ceremony, scouts scattered across the cemetery, placing more than 140,000 flags on the graves of those who served in the military.

District officials estimate nearly 1,500 scouts and their families attended the annual event. Scouts in the Thunderbird District hail from schools in the Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Estacada, Gresham-Barlow, North Clackamas, Oregon Trail, Parkrose and Reynolds school districts.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: JEFF REYNOLDS - Marc Tibbetts carries a handful of flags for his son Nick, during the Boy Scouts annual flag plant at Willamette National Cemetery.

— Anne Endicott

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