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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Volunteers Sought for Flag Placement on Veterans' Graves

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR LARGE COMMUNITY PROJECT TO HONOR DECEASED VETERANS
As you may remember from previous years, the City of Lewiston recruits volunteers to place almost 7,000 flags by veterans' gravestones within the cemeteries around the city.  Every year, we ask for assistance with this large community project, and we are asking again for this year.   If you belong to any groups (scouts, church groups, community service groups, business groups, etc), please feel free to pass along this information to help spread the word, and we would appreciate it if you would share this information via your social media outlets as well.   

 Brief Background:   The State passed a law in 2001 that requires municipalities to purchase and place individual American flags at the gravestone of every veteran buried in each cemetery located in that town. The flags must be in place for Memorial Day each year.  Lewiston has 13 cemeteries and places almost 7,000 flags.   All work is done by community volunteers.  For many of the smaller cemeteries, the abutting neighbors usually place the flags for us each year.  For the larger cemeteries, help is needed!

 We are looking for volunteers for the following locations:    

 MT. HOPE CEMETERY, 81 Mt. Hope Avenue, Lewiston
 Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 1:00 p.m.
 Marcus Talarico and the Liberty Festival Board of Directors are the coordinators for this location
 There are approximately 1200 flags for this location.

 ST. PETERS CEMETERY, Switzerland Road, Lewiston
 Sunday, May 20, 2018 (rain or shine) - 10 a.m.

 Meet at the Mausoleum, St. Peter’s Cemetery, Switzerland Road, Lewiston
 Jerry Dewitt is the contact person for that day and the L/A Veterans Council are the coordinators for this location.  
 There are approximately 3700 flags for this location.

 RIVERSIDE CEMETERY, 192 Summer Street, Lewiston
 Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.
 Ivan Boudreau is the contact person and the Knights of Columbus are the coordinators for this location.
 There are approximately 1600 flags for this location.

 The plan is to assign teams of 5-10 volunteers to an area of the cemetery and to cover the cemetery in a grid fashion in order to not miss any stone.   There is no master list of veterans buried at the cemetery, so volunteers will need to walk each row of stones and read the inscription on each gravesite.  If military service is listed on the stone, a flag will be placed there.  This is a fairly time-consuming process so many volunteers are appreciated.

 Logistics:

Wear sneakers or boots in case the grass is wet.

Bring a screwdriver to use to poke a hole in the grass; much easier to place the wooden dowel of the flag into the ground if you make a hole first.

Work gloves might be helpful.

Plan to bring a water bottle if it is a hot day.

Bring bug spray, hat, and sunscreen.

Be mindful of ticks!

Children/youth are welcome with plenty of adult supervision (do not drop off minors to do this work unsupervised)

Wearing company or organization t-shirts is welcome and encouraged.          

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