Volunteers put flags on 500 veterans’ graves in Medina area
Group makes sure veterans recognized at Millville, West Shelby, Marshall Road and Bates Road cemeteries
MEDINA – Placing flags on veterans’ graves before Memorial Day has been a tradition for veterans’ groups in Medina for decades.
The only thing that has changed is that the number of veterans who turn out to volunteer is declining, said Dave Kusmierczak, a member of the Butts-Clark American Legion and Lincoln VFW posts in Medina.
As is customary, the veterans met at the VFW Post on East Center, along with members of Girl Scout Troop 82094, Cub Scout Pack 28, their leaders and parents and several community volunteers.
Jim Freas welcomed the group and explained the cemeteries they would be visiting. He said a handful of veterans last week had already placed flags on a dozen of small cemeteries located throughout the Medina area.
On Saturday, the volunteers went to Millville Cemetery, West Shelby, Marshall Road and Bates Road. In all, they estimate they placed more than 500 flags on veterans’ graves.
The flags will remain in the cemeteries until after Veterans’ Day in November, when the volunteers will return to retrieve them.