Veterans hold flag line in honor of healthcare workers at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield

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Patriot's Day flag line at Mercy Medical Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Veterans came together on Patriots Day to form a flag line honoring the healthcare heroes on the frontlines of the pandemic Monday night at Mercy Medical Center.

The American Legion Post 338 in Southwick hosted the flag line to honor all healthcare workers at Mercy Medical Center and across the country. Veterans of various legion halls joined for the flag line as well as the Patriot Guard Riders of Western Massachusetts.

The flag line was held outside of the main entrance to the hospital and outside of the Emergency Department. The veterans thanked health care workers for their service as they walked in and out of the hospital.

“These people need a big spot light on them. I can’t say enough about it and I know they are going though a lot. And we just want to share the love with them,” said Russel Pike, Commander of the American Legion Post 338 in Southwick.

A flag line is usually made up of veteran volunteers standing with American flags and is typically held to honor war veterans who have passed away. Commander Pike says this flag line is in recognition of the patriotism and sacrifice of all health care workers.

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