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Posted on: May 25, 2021

Volunteers needed to place flags on veterans' graves for Memorial Day

American flags in front of each gravestone in a cemetery

You’ve all seen the familiar poster of Uncle Sam pointing his finger and saying “I want you…..”

Well, the veterans of America Legion Post 114 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6444 in Georgetown could use your help this year when they place over 1,700 flags on the graves of deceased veterans for this year’s Memorial Day observance.

“We have more veterans buried than we do alive and with fewer and fewer veterans living, the job of placing flags on the graves of those who have gone on has become harder and harder every year” said George Furbee, commander of VFW Post 6444.

Two of the largest cemeteries in Georgetown County, Elmwood and Pennyroyal, will need over 1,700 flags placed on the graves of veterans for remembrance to their service to our nation.

American Legion Post 114 Commander Rodney Ward said, “If you have a family member who served, we want to remember and honor them on this special day and we could use your help in placing a flag on their grave along with the graves of many other veterans.

Members from both posts will meet at 8 AM Thursday and Friday, May 27 and 28 at Elmwood and Pennyroyal cemeteries in Georgetown to place flags and encourage others to help.

“It’s an honor for me to place an American flag next to a tombstone that has an inscription of a veteran, regardless of his or her rank, branch of service, war or conflict and silently say thank you for wearing the uniform of our country,” said Ron Gilbert who is a retired Army veteran.

Citizens, Scouts, ROTC students, church groups, civic clubs and family members of veterans are encouraged to help remember those who served.

Devoting one hour of your time on May 27 or 28 will warm your heart and give you a greater appreciation of the sacrifices of those who served and helped make our country what it is today.

All you have to do is show up.  Flags and assistance in placing them are provided by both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For more information, please contact Paige Sawyer at 843-546-3745, George Furbee, 240-298-1857, Rodney Ward, 843-833-3700 or Ron Gilbert, 509-290-2405.

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