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Scouts honor veterans for Memorial Day with gravesite flags

Scouts place flags beside gravestones at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on May 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California ahead of Memorial Day. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of scouts have placed American flags on the graves of veterans in a ceremony ahead of Memorial Day.

More than 6,000 children including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts participated in the event Saturday at Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Each scout placed a flag in the ground by each grave and saluted.

Organizers say nearly 90,000 flags were placed in tribute.