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Volunteers prepare for Memorial Day, place sea of American flags at Riverside National Cemetery

Joselyn Herrera, 3, of Chino uses her superpower strength to plant a flag into dense dirt. She thanks the deceased whose name is on the marker at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. Thousands placed a flag on every grave Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Nathaly Robles, 4, of Riverside, circles her step-grandfather’s grave at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. where thousands placed a flag on each marker Saturday, May 25, 2019. Air Force Airman 1st Class Darrell J. Costello died in 2011 at age 82. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Cruz M. Costello of Riverside relaxes near her husband’s grave at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. Air Force Airman 1st Class Darrell J. Costello still had so much he wanted to do before the 82-year-old died eight years ago, according to his wife Saturday, May 25, 2019. Her daughter and granddaughter were by her side. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Flags as far as the eye can see, even in the reflection of a gravesite, at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. More than 200,000 will be recognized at the upcoming Memorial Day ceremony. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Cameryn Bailey, 14, of Hemet is unsure she can cross the ravine, but takes a leap of faith. She made it, only to fall on landing. She dusted herself off and planted more flags at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
The flag was fashionable at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Volunteers prepared for the upcoming Memorial Day ceremony by placing a flag at every grave. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Scouts of all types frolic and plant flags at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Flags on the landscape, reflected on wet markers and worn on the body at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. where thousands put flags on each grave Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Flags dot the landscape at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. The upcoming Memorial Day ceremony will honor more than 200,000 as part of A Flag for Every Hero program. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Joselyn Herrera, 3, of Chino and mom plant flags for the first time at Riverside National Cemetery, Calif. Thousands placed a flag on every grave Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
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Volunteers got busy Saturday, May 25, working to cover Riverside National Cemetery with thousands of American flags — one for every veteran buried there .
By the time of the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27, more than 200,000 will be recognized in the A Flag for Every Hero program.
But after the holiday, the sea of red, white and blue will again give way to the green grass that covers hundreds of acres of the cemetery.

Volunteers are being asked to gather again — at 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 28 — to help remove the flags.
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