Thousands gather for Memorial Day Weekend Watchfire

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GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — More than 3,000 flags were lit up at the New York State Fairgrounds on Sunday for the annual memorial Watchfire.

Dozens of volunteers have been putting together the Watchfire. Organizers say this year was the biggest one they’ve had in the 27 years they’ve done the Watchfire in Syracuse.

The flagpole is custom-made to make sure it can support the flags that are flying. 

“From the minute you park the car and get out up here you can just feel the pride. To watch this event happen when they sit there and play taps, it just brings the entire community together and it really gives you the sense of belonging in America, it’s amazing,” said Jenny Gentile who lost her father in World War II. 

Last year NewsChannel 9 anchor Rod Wood was invited to light the fire.

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