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Richard Hilts was a specialist in the Army a decade ago when his wife’s grandfather, a Navy man who served in World War II, was laid to rest at Calverton National Cemetery.

For the interment, Hilts volunteered to replace a member of the color guard. In his neatly pressed uniform, moving with ceremonial deliberateness, the soldier helped fold the burial flag into a tight tricorner, then knelt to give the colors to the widow.

Today, Hilts is one of the cemetery's nearly 100 employees — 62 are former service members — who prepare final resting places for thousands of veterans every year.

News 12 Long Island

Thousands of volunteers lay wreaths at Calverton National Cemetery.

Newsday

Cemetery wreaths recycled into an energy source.

TBR News Media

Thousands of wreaths laid at Calverton National Cemetery.