WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The West Springfield Veterans’ Services honored local veterans Saturday morning in light of Memorial Day, flagging veteran’s graves at the St. Thomas Cemetery.
It’s a yearly tradition that stands out from other Memorial Day weekend activities for those who got involved.
Stop & Shop Store Manager Jasen Hodge told 22News, “It’s not just picnics and camping, we’re trying to honor those who fought for our country.”
The flagging of veterans’ graves is a traditional event that’s held for both Veterans Day and Memorial Day in towns across Massachusetts. More than one hundred people came out to participate in the event at the cemetery on Saturday.
West Springfield Veterans’ Services Director Chris Lizotte told 22News, “We have the young marines, boy scouts, cub scouts. It’s always a great turnout, and it’s getting bigger and bigger every year.”
Young Marines Sgt. Major Joseph Bacon noted, “It’s awesome for us to be able to go back, salute them, put a flag next to their grave, and honor them for our country so many years ago.”
Maureen Cragen of West Springfield told 22News, “They already gave the ultimate sacrifice, so it’s the least little bit we can do to come out and honor them, and make sure they have the flags that they fought for.”
According to Lizotte, more than two thousand veterans are buried at the St. Thomas Cemetery.