West Springfield residents honor veterans with flagging tradition

Hampden County

The Town of West Springfield and volunteers from across Western Mass will join in honoring our veterans by placing American Flags at their burial site at St. Thomas Cemetery.

The flagging of veterans graves is a traditional event that’s held for both Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day in towns across Massachusetts.

More than 2,000 veterans are buried at the St. Thomas Cemetery.

The celebration in West Springfield continues all weekend.

On Monday, May 28, the town will host their annual Memorial Day Ceremony located on the Town Common. 

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with music performances by the Middle School Band. 

Guest speakers include Mayor Reichelt and Gold Star Mother, Tracy Taylor, whose son, a West Springfield native, Kenneth Iwasinski, was killed in Iraq in 2007. 

All are encouraged to attend and pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives fighting for our country. 

The event starts at 9 a.m. and lasts about an hour. All are welcome to attend and the event will take place rain or shine. 

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