Volunteers Needed To Decorate Veterans’ Graves With Flags

Annually, the Framingham Veterans Services mark the graves of U.S. Veterans with an American Flag.

This year 5,000 flags will be placed in Framingham’s cemeteries by volunteers.

But more volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 14th at 9 a.m. to place about 2,800 flags in Edgell Grove Cemetery.

Edgell Grove is a Historical Landmark because of its unique design. As a result of the design we need a lot of youth with enthusiasm to tackle this large cemetery, said Framingham Veterans Agent Peter Harvell.

If you are interested volunteering, please show up by 9 a.m. on May 14. May 21 is the rain date.

If you have questions please call Framingham Veteran Service 508-532-5515.

“We try very hard to get each veteran a flag. In the event we missed someone this year please go to the Cemetery Superintendent of that cemetery and just ask for one,” said Harvell. “We left extra flags with each Superintendent’s office or come to the Veterans Service Office Room, B-11, in the Memorial Building and we will provide you with a flag.”

Flags are placed on the left side (flag’s own right) of the front of the plot’s headstone.

“This is done to allow cemetery personnel to mow and maintain the cemetery with minimal interference. Many times veterans are buried in family plots in the rear of the headstone. So please check the front of the headstone before getting a new flag,” said Harvell.


A Framingham Girl Scout with her brother places flags on Veterans’ graves at Edgell Grove Cemetery in 2015.

Photo by Susan Petroni/Petroni Media Company ©2015. All Rights Reserved.


Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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