Veterans, Volunteers plant Flags for Memorial Day

Ridgelawn Cemetery – Local Veterans and volunteers lent their time on Wednesday night to plant over 4,000 flags at deceased Veteran’s graves all across Watertown’s cemeteries. Residents met at Ridgelawn and St. Patrick’s cemeteries to carry on the tradition that marks the beginning of Watertown’s Memorial Day observances. Ridgelawn and St. Patrick’s contain the gravesites of Veterans dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War and Civil War.

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The symbolism is to show respect,” said Watertown Veteran’s Services Officer Mark Comeiro. “It’s showing them (Veterans) that we appreciate what they’ve done for us.”

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Watertown Resident Carl Miller, who was born in Haverhill and served in the Vietnam War, joined Comeiro in planting new flags at the base of the graves, and removing the worn-down flags from past years. “It means paying attention to the people who have given,” said Miller, who referred to his fellow Veterans at the cemetery as his “family.”

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Story by Dan Hogan, News Producer
Filmed on May 27, 2016

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