Scouts set flags at 2,000 veterans’ graves in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 May 2022 at 12:11 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Leo Gotte, a Cub Scout in Albion, places a flag at a veteran’s grave at Mount Albion Cemetery this morning.

Leo and other Cub and Boy Scouts joined Girl Scouts and two members of the American Legion in setting 2,000 flags by veterans’ graves this morning at Mount Albion and at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Gabby Greean, a Girl Scout, carefully sets a flag by a veteran’s grave at St. Joseph’s Cemetery along Route 31.

The veterans’ section at Mount Albion received many flags this morning. Dan Flanagan, right, is the Scoutmaster for Troop 164 in Albion. Ben Metcalf, second from left, is the Cubmaster. Metcalf has been helping set flags at veterans’ graves since he was a kid more than 25 years ago. Lincoln Metcalf, 4, is at left and helped the scouts set the flags.

Kylee Cere, a daisy scout, looks for markers at the veterans’ graves at St. Joseph’s.

Sebastian Stritzinger, 7, is a Cub Scout who brought a lot of energy to the solemn duty this morning.

These Girl Scouts helped set flags at Mount Albion and St. Joseph’s cemeteries. In front from left are Kylee Cere, Elise Mateo, Gabby Greean and Eva Mateo. Back row: Emmaline Gailie, Hannah Olles, Neveya Barnes and Aniela Wilson.

Eva Mateo set many flags at veterans’ graves this morning at St. Joseph’s and Mount Albion.

Kevin Christy, the Legion commander, thanked the Scouts for their help this morning. The Legion will place about 800 more flags at 10 other smaller flags in Barre, Albion, Gaines and Carlton.

The Legion is preparing for a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. on May 30. The parade is expected to return to the route before Covid: from the intersection of West Park Street and Main Street proceeding to the front of the Middle School.