Just before 9 a.m. Saturday, the lawn in front of Prospect Hill Cemetery was empty.

Less than an hour later, that grass was barely visible, with American and Pennsylvania flags — nearly 2,700 of them  — waving on the property.

Despite the rainy weather, about 20 people helped place the flags as part of Prospect Hill Cemetery's annual rededication ceremony for its Iraq & Afghanistan War Flag Memorial.

Each American flag represents a fallen U.S. service member from the war in Afghanistan, while each Pennsylvania flag represents a fallen Pennsylvania service member from conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is the 13th year  the flags have been on display at the cemetery.

The flags will remain at the cemetery until about December, when they will be removed to protect them from inclement weather.

Flags: Beginning about 9 a.m. Saturday, volunteers and cemetery staff helped place the flags. There were  303 Pennsylvania flags and  2,393 American flags in place when they were finished.

For each Pennsylvania flag placed, York City councilman Henry Nixon  read out the fallen service member's name.

Among those placing the American flags was Terry Gendron, director of the York County Department of Veterans Affairs. Gendron said the flags at Prospect Hill speak to York County's continued commitment to honoring veterans.

"It makes people remember and cherish these freedoms that they have, just by passing by," he said.

Also helping was York City resident Tom Davis. While Davis is not a veteran, his father and grandfather were  in the military.

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"It's an honorable thing, and it's comforting," Davis said.

Jack Sommer, manager for the cemetery, said the flags get some attention from social media, and people remember the cemetery for the display.

He said he couldn't think of a better way for the cemetery to be seen in the public than for "honoring the fallen."

The flags can be seen in the front of the cemetery at 700 N. George St.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.

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