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Volunteers needed to place flags on gravesites

The Woodlawn Cemetery, in the Bronx, is the final resting place of more than 8,500 individuals who served our nation in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Each year volunteers place flags on veterans’ gravesites in the lead-up to Memorial Day. Volunteers receive maps that pinpoint locations and a list of known servicemembers. Volunteers can participate any day between Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 26 between 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is open to volunteers of all ages.

Among Woodlawn’s veterans are 11 Medal of Honor recipients. One of the most famous veterans buried in the cemetery is David Glasgow Farragut, the first admiral in the U.S. Navy. Other notable soldiers include newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, who was a recruit for the Union Army during the Civil War; Bronx native Sergeant Natale Greco, whose plane was shot down over Germany in World War II; and Sergeant Lincoln Colon-Perez, a Purple Heart recipient who was killed in action in South Vietnam.

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