Hundreds of people visited area cemeteries this weekend in remembrance of Memorial Day on Monday. While visiting local cemeteries, visitors could see flags placed at graves of veterans or individuals who died in the line of duty.

Hundreds of people visited area cemeteries this weekend in remembrance of Memorial Day on Monday. While visiting local cemeteries, visitors could see flags placed at graves of veterans or individuals who died in the line of duty.
The placement of these flags was done solely by volunteers on Friday morning. Each year, volunteers gather at the flag pole at Walnut Grove Cemetery to begin the placement of flags. The process usually takes all morning to complete the giant task of identifying those who have served the country. With the help of a map, the task is somewhat easier, but still takes a while to walk all through the grounds.
In addition to Walnut Grove Cemetery, Sunset Hills, Saints Peter and Paul and the Boonville Memorial Gardens Cemetery also include buried service individuals.
Boonville resident Jim Wilson volunteered for the first time this year.
"I think it is something we should do to honor our veterans and the freedom we enjoy everyday," Wilson said as the reasoning behind his volunteering.
Wilson said many volunteers helped set out flags. Each team consisted of three to four people, which placed between 50 to 100 flags.
The Boonville Parks Department assisted with the flags.