Volunteers put 5,000 American flags near white marble markers this morning at Seattle’s Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park.

There was a ceremony complete with a 21-gun salute and a band playing patriotic songs.

At that ceremony, three men stood out. They are World War II veterans. We’re losing 492 of those veterans a day, according to the National World War II Museum.

One of them, Maurice Knutson, said he was a tail gunner on a B-29. He detailed seeing the atomic bomb drop while he was in the air.

“You look at the mushroom cloud, you see that picture, and there’s something missing,” he said. “The noise.”

“Make sure when you sing the national anthem, remember that it’s very special,” he added.