SEATTLE - A couple dozen people braved drizzly, breezy cold weather in Seattle this morning to prepare Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park for services later in the day.
Thirteen-year-old Thomas Tangen, representing Boy Scout Troop 312 from Edmonds, brought his neighbor along to help place some of the 5,000 flags.
"It's a good way to respect the Veterans and the people who have died and if you have your friends come with you it can make it a fun experience," he said.
"I think it's kind of fun to actually put flags on the grave stones," said Jordan Neilsen.
The meaning of the morning, of this Memorial Day, is not lost on those who helped ready the grounds.
"I kind of think about, like, what they died for. And what battles and what rank they were, stuff like that, when I look at the grave stones," said Thomas.
At one point, the somber sounds of taps drifted from a loudspeaker. It was the only sound other than the soft rain, the quiet rippling of flags in the breeze, the steady, solemn work of preparation.
Some of those helping brought their own flags.
"I brought out my 48-star flag because that's the one that many of these soldiers fought under," said Philip Irvin.
The event at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park will be the 84th annual event, where they honor the men and women of Washington State, who've given their lives in service to their country.