SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield is asking for the public’s help to place flags at local cemeteries for Memorial Day.
The Veterans Department would like a group of volunteers to help place flags at all publicly owned and maintained cemeteries and only those private cemeteries that are allowing flagging in Springfield starting Saturday, May 15 through Sunday, May 30. They are hoping to place flags at nearly 25,000 gravesites.
“We get fewer and fewer volunteers so we were looking for volunteers even before the pandemic, so I can’t say it’s due to the pandemic,” said Tom Belton, Springfield’s Veteran Services Director.
Belton urges families to make it clear on the headstone that this is the final resting place of a veteran, “So many people call and say, ‘My dad didn’t get a flag on his grave.’ Well, If there’s nothing on the grave, like a grave marker to indicate he’s a veteran, we wouldn’t know he’s a veteran.”
To volunteer, contact the City of Springfield’s Veterans Department at (413) 787-6141 or email Deputy Director of Veterans’ Service Joseph DeCaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Day is Monday, May 31 to honor those who died while serving in the military.