Volunteers help Springfield mother install flag pole before son’s deployment

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A heartwarming story about a mother from Springfield honoring her son before he goes off to the Marines.

Jeanne Kos was looking for someone to help her install a flag pole at her house to surprise her son when he comes home for his pre-deployment leave. She posted her request Facebook for a volunteer to come out and help her since her husband is in the hospital with cancer.

Well, more than 50 people volunteered to help Jeanne with her flag, and she said she’s grateful to the people in her community who responded.

Jeanne told 22News, “It just means a lot. He’s gonna be so shocked when he sees it and surprised and it makes him feel good that there are people here that are supporting him.”

Jeanne’s husband Dean, who has been in the hospital with cancer, came home for the special event.

“My son’s gonna be going over to Afghanistan so I’m putting this flagpole up,” he told 22News. “So when he comes back, a little bit more time I have with him. He’ll feel good that someone cares that he’s over there.”

One of the volunteers, who will be joining the marines himself, even made the family an American flag out of plywood and yarn.

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