Volunteers to Place 5,000 Flags at Graves of Veteran's For Memorial Day

 by Tom MarinoMay 22, 2023
Last Updated May 22, 2023 5:17 PM

WORCESTER - Over 150 volunteers plan to place over 5,000 flags on the graves of veterans buried at Worcester's Saint Johns's Cemetary on Wednesday, May 24, starting at 9 AM.

Prior to the placing of flags, there will be a Memorial Day observance ceremony which includes:

  • The National Anthem;
  • Posting of the Colors;
  • Blessing of the Flags;
  • Brief remarks by organizers.

“Each year, our Annual Flag Placement Day is truly a moving sight,” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. “A certain sense of emotion is provoked when the last volunteer returns to the staging area and the entire cemetery is transformed into a sea of American flags."

Volunteers will honor veterans laid to rest at Saint John's Cemetery for the fourth consecutive year by laying flags on Wednesday. Those volunteers are from several organizations, including:

  • The Worcester County Sheriff's Office;
  • Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association;
  • East Side Post 201 American Legion;
  • Main South Post 341, Civil Air Patrol; and
  • Blue Star Mothers of America

Image Credit: 2022 flag placing volunteers, courtesy of the Worcester County Sheriff's Office

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