Local non-profit looking for extra help for Memorial Day service

STURGIS, S.D. — For Memorial Day 2022, Military Honor Flags USA has collected 23,000 American flags, making sure each veteran buried at the Black Hills National Cemetery has a flag.

Flags Being Packed Into A Box For Memorial DayHowever, this year the non-profit is looking for extra help the Sunday before Memorial Day as well as the day after the holiday.

“We are looking for volunteers. Either groups, or just individuals to come up to Black Hills National Cemetery that will be at 9:00 a.m. on that day and help place flags,” Vice President of the Military Honor Flags USA Tim Hammerquist said. “We need also volunteers on Wednesday, June 1 to help to come up and to remove the flags.”

Hammerquist has been participating in this event with his wife for the past few years, but is in his first year leading the effort.

“It’s the most rewarding, memorable experience that I think I can remember, it’s very touching,” he said. “You stand at each grave site. You place the flag. You say the name of the soldier, and you thank them for their service. It is an amazingly touching experience.”

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For information on volunteering or about the organization, members of the public can send an email at militaryhonorflagsUSA@gmail.com or call (605) 391-7901.

They can also be reached out to on Facebook, Military Honor Flags USA.

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