RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — Volunteers honored the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, by placing thousands of flags on graves Saturday at Riverside National Cemetery.
After residents found out the cemetery did not have money to buy flags for its 225, 000 graves, several different groups stepped in to help.
Among those making a difference was U.S. Air Force veteran and Anaheim police officer Brennan Leininger, who helped organize the massive flag placing effort.
“Seeing all the graves empty, just touched me, and pushed me to do something about it,” Leininger told KTLA 5.
Leininger led an effort to collect 55,000 flags. Other groups, including the Boy Scouts, collected another 40,000 flags.
Hundreds of volunteers spread out across Riverside National, the country’s third largest military cemetery, to put up a total of about 100,000 flags in time for Memorial Day.