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Former Army cook decorates each and every Veteran grave stone

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RICHLAND, Wash. --Hundreds of people came to pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives fighting for our freedom and to honor those who are currently serving our country at the 4th Annual Memorial Day Services at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The ceremony started at 11am, with  Master of Ceremonies, SMSGT Lyle Gilk, of the US Air Force.  The National Guard did the Wreath Placement, and it ended with a dove release.

The Sunset Memorial Gardens were decorated with more than one thousand American flags.  But one  woman, a former US Army cook herself, went out of her way to make sure each and every veteran gravestone had its own flag and flowers. Jan Strain got the idea four years ago, when she went to the veterans burial section and noticed her neighbor had a bare gravestone.  She decided right there that each and every vet deserved to be decorated like a hero.


Monday morning, she and a group of her friends, as well as her mom,  put up flags and flowers on more than 400 headstones.  In return, she's been hearing thank you from families and even complete strangers.  " I'm just doing my duty,  I'm not doing anything special," says Strain.

Strain says the community and local businesses have really helped her out by donating money so she could buy the flags and flowers.

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