SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - During the days leading up to the Veterans Day observance a week from Monday, flags are being placed at veterans' gravesides all over Western Massachusetts.
Members of Longmeadow Boy Scout Troop 32 spent much of their Sunday placing flags at the gravesides of Jewish War Veterans in Springfield and West Springfield.
Stanley Light is commander of the Springfield Freedman Post 26 Jewish War Veterans.
In the past, members of the post used to do that. But now almost all of the members of our post are veterans of World War ll and Korea. If you do the math, they're all in their 80s and 90s,” said Stanley Light.
When they got the call to help, the Boy Scouts told 22News, they were only too happy to honor these Western Massachusetts war veterans.
The scouts shared with 22News how they feel about placing the flags at the veteran's graves.
"To me it means giving back to people who served in the military. Either lost their lives or lived through the war,” said Timothy Dowd of Boy Scout Troop 32.
"Well we pretty much go to every veteran's grave and place a flag and it honors the people who died in combat or served in a war,” said Kenny White of Boy Scout Troop 32.
In the coming days this solemn and respectful ritual will be repeated in cemeteries all throughout western Massachusetts. To make certain that one week from Monday, Veterans Day, there will be a flag honoring someone who served.