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50,000 lei collected for veterans' graves

PUNCHBOWL (HawaiiNewsNow) - Every year on Memorial Day veterans' graves are decorated with lei, but some came close to being left empty this year.

City officials say they just barely made their quota of 50,000 lei.

Sunday morning at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, they were short by 6,400, but an update shows they had enough.

The fresh flower and ti leaf lei will be placed on every grave at all veterans' cemeteries in time for Memorial Day.

On Sunday, Boy Scouts kept busy placing flags and lei at Punchbowl.

"I feel good cause it's helping them, and I feel grateful", said Troop 195 member Adam Bede.

"That's the spirit of what these boys are doing here today. Not only commemorating these fallen soldiers and the honored dead among us, but also the family members who've lost these loved ones", said Lt. Robert Michael Meyers of the U.S. Army.

In windward Oahu, more than 200 Girl Scouts gathered at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe to honor veterans there by placing lei on those graves.

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