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The Watchfire begins at dusk at the State Fairgrounds

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GEDDES, N.Y. — Thousands of people will gather Sunday night at Veterans Memorial Watchfire Park at the State Fairgrounds for a longtime Memorial Day tradition.

The Watchfire stems from an old tradition of starting a large fire after a battle to guide missing soldiers back to camp.

It has been a tradition in Syracuse for nearly two decades and it gives people a chance to properly dispose of their old flags.

Volunteers were busy setting up the massive wood pile over the past few days.

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