Flags removed as Park of Heroes project wraps up in West Springfield

The flag removal process was preceded by a ceremony honoring the stars and stripes

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There were flags, 300 of them, placed all across the West Springfield common in time for Veterans Day. Each flag honored a veteran from West Springfield

It’s a project called the Park of Heroes, and it’s been Project Director John LaDue’s responsibility.

LaDue told 22News, “It’s a way to honor our veterans more than just on Veterans Day. Every flag someone sponsored has their name on it, and it’s a keepsake for them, and they’re all here to pick up their flag.”

The flag removal process was preceded by a ceremony honoring the stars and stripes.

Lions Club president Jim Sherbo told 22News he’s proud the club achieved just what it set out to accomplish. He said, “Our hope was to sell a number of flags and raise money for the scholarships of the children and grandchildren of veterans, and we did that. We raised over $6,000 altogether.

It is a project the West Springfield Lions Club continues to be proud of. A celebration of veterans and their flag at a place West Springfield will remember as the Park of Heroes.