Memorial Day preparations

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MANDAN, N.D. - Grounds crews were cleaning and trimming up the cemetery, families were placing flowers and crews were preparing to deal with the parking situation on Monday.

"You do it once and it's just in your blood, you get addicted to it and it's just a good time to take part in the ceremony and pay tribute to the men and women that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country," said Sgt. 1st Class Jared Klempel, NCOIC Ceremony Operations.

The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery is expecting more than 700 people on Memorial Day.

Organizers are calling for volunteers to help at 8 a.m. that day, placing flags on the 6,700 graves.