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Va. woman visited gravesites for people during COVID. Now, hundreds will participate.

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This Memorial Day weekend will mark the second year for the Honor Project, which is an effort to honor veterans at Arlington National Cemetery who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Emily Domenech of Alexandria, Va. started the project last year.

She was visiting her grandfather's grave, and while there, offered to visits the gravesites of other fallen military heroes for those who could not visit in person. COVID restrictions and distance were keeping many people away.

She tweeted her offer and was shocked at the big response.

"I had dozens of responses from people I didn't know from all over the country and I thought to myself, Oh wow! ... Something is happening here," Domenech said.

She spent six hours that day visiting 60 gravesites.

This year, she wanted the effort to continue but in a bigger way.

So she enlisted the support of a national veterans' group called the Travis Manion Foundation.

With their volunteer base, they're expecting hundreds of volunteers to come out and visit gravesites this Memorial Day weekend.

Ryan Manion, The Travis Manion Foundation and cofounder of The Honor Project says, "The one thing we just want to make sure is, that our loved ones are not forgotten".

The volunteers will take a picture of the headstones, place a flag plaque, and spend a moment reflecting on that soldier's service. Then, on Memorial Day, share those photos on Twitter with the hashtag #The HonorProject.

Organizers are hoping this effort spreads to other veterans' cemeteries across the country.

If you'd like to sign up for a gravesite visit or be a volunteer, go to www.travismanion.org/thehonorproject

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