The Memorial Day weekend Avenue of Flags display at Detroit Lakes' Oak Grove Cemetery is back on.

Organizer Dave Coalwell said on Thursday that, in the wake of Gov. Tim Walz's decision to lift some of the statewide stay-at-home restrictions, the 30-year tradition will go on as planned, albeit with a few changes.

"We will be able to have the flags on display after all," Coalwell said in an emailed statement. "However all people must wear masks while working with the flags, poles and anytime they are in close gatherings of 10 people or more.

"The restrictions will require us to greatly modify our usual processes, to control crowd sizes in the building and hanging the flags and setting poles."

Coalwell did add, however, that "the change has made me very happy. (I) look forward to seeing all that indicated they would like to help with putting it up, and also taking it down on the Tuesday after Memorial Day."

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He noted that volunteers would not need to bring flags for the display, as those used on the poles distributed throughout the cemetery are actually flags that were draped over the coffins of deceased veterans, which the families had donated to be used specifically for this display.

"We will start on Friday the 22nd at 8:30 a.m.," Coalwell said, adding that area residents are asked not to drive into the cemetery on that day until the flags have all been installed. "All the work should be done by 4 p.m."