BERLIN - The Berlin Veterans Commission, along with the help of local Boy Scouts, distributed around 1,100 new flags at the graves of Berlin’s deceased veterans in the 11 cemeteries in town last month.
The effort on Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, as part of Armed Forces Week. The holiday was established by former President Harry S. Truman to thank military members for their patriotic service under one day, instead of separate Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard holidays.
“The Berlin Veterans Commission not only pays tribute to these men and women, but also honors and remembers all of the town’s veterans who have passed,” said a release by Peter Galgano, secretary of the Veterans Commission.
The Veterans Commission members have met at the American Legion Post 68 in town, 154 Porters Pass, 8:30 a.m. on Armed Forces Day every year, but this year moved it to Sunday because of heavy rain on May 19.
Then, Boy Scout Troop 41 volunteered to help by placing flags at the over 500 graves at Maple Hill Cemetery.
“Boy Scout Troop 41 saw the gravestones and learned about the many wars our veterans have fought in for the freedoms we enjoy today, as well as learning the meaning of Armed Forces Day,” said the release.
Specifically, the veterans commission would like to recognize Boy Scouts Paul Kendrick, Jack Wright, Donny Roski, and Tyler Barber, and Scoutmaster KC Jones, Scout leaders Todd Barber and Lee Roski., all of Troop 41.
In the rain on Saturday, Boy Scout Troop 256 helped Veterans’ Commission member Paul Eshoo on Saturday. Specifically, David and Noah Simard, Boy Scout Troop 256 Scout Master Paul Alicia, Asst. Scout Master Michael Damiana and his son Michael, Scout Jack Spilka, and Committee Chairman Paul Argazzi, helped the effort at West Lane Cemetery on High Road.
“Many thanks to them as well,” said the release.
If any Veteran was missed, contact the Veterans Commission by mail at Berlin Town Hall, 240 Kensington Rd.
“To learn more about the history of the wars and see how many military men and women lost their lives, so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today, come to the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park and take a stroll around the ‘America’s Wars Walkway,’” the released stated.
Berlin Veterans Memorial Park is located on Veterans Memorial Way across from the Stop & Shop, 1135 Farmington Ave.
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