Elected Officials Slated to Kick off Woodlawn's Annual Veterans' Flagging

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The event kicking off the annual Memorial Day flagging of veterans' graves will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

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The Woodlawn Cemetery is hosting an event at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 15 to kick off its annual Memorial Day flagging of veterans’ graves.

A brief ceremony, with remarks from local elected officials, will welcome and acknowledge the over 200 volunteers that will be coming to the cemetery over the course of the following two weekends to place a U.S. flag at the gravesites of over 5,200 veterans of our armed forces.

The ceremony will take place at the Veterans' Memorial, just inside the gates of The Woodlawn Cemetery, beside the administration office at the Webster Avenue entrance.

Each year, Woodlawn honors the patriots who have served our country. Members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard are all represented at Woodlawn, from as far back as the Civil War.

Within Woodlawn’s gates is the gravesite of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. His gravesite was designated a National Historic Landmark. This site commemorates the career of the nation’s first Admiral, best known for his battle cry, “Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead.”

The Woodlawn Cemetery is located at Webster Avenue and East 233rd St. in Bronx, NY. For more information, call 718-920-0500 or visit their website at http://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org/.

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Founded in 1863 and located in the Bronx, Woodlawn Cemetery is over 150 years old. Still an active cemetery with new development ongoing, it is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City and is a designated National Historic Landmark. Woodlawn Cemetery is the final resting place of many persons of note. Celebrated lot owners include artists, religious leaders, writers, business moguls, civic leaders, entertainers, diplomats, jazz musicians, suffragists and more. The Woodlawn Conservancy is dedicated to enhancing The Woodlawn Cemetery as a historic, natural and cultural landmark; to creating a superior visitor experience to the Cemetery; and to building a community of supporters dedicated to preserving Woodlawn for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

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