Cemetery detail creates busy holiday for veterans honoring fallen comrades

Members of American Legion Post 125, Lyndon, form an honor guard to remember fallen soldiers in local cemeteries.

 

 

By Geri Schuler, American Legion Post 125 Finance Officer

This past weekend was Memorial Day and there were many people working behind the scenes at the local cemeteries. And as many veterans’ groups, members of Lyndon’s American Legion Post 125 have their hands full during the holiday. 

Planning normally starts the Tuesday after Memorial Day the year before, with members beginning maintenance of poles and flags, and printing new memorial tags.

On the Thursday or Friday before Memorial Day, members start to put the flags on the fallen soldiers’ graves.  Early Saturday members meet at the local post to gather the flags and name tags of fallen soldiers to put up in the Avenue of Flags.  After traveling to their assigned cemetery they raise the flags and place the tags.  About 10-12 hours later they go collect the flags for the night.  They wake up early again next day to put up the flags and get them back down again for safe keeping 10-12 hours later.

On Memorial Day, they wake up early to put up the flags and then take a small break before the ceremonies. Post 125 began its ceremonies at 10 a.m. at Lyndon, then at Vassar at 10:30 a.m. Afterward, the post met with American Legion posts 198 and 317 at the Pomona Lake spillway tower for a countywide ceremony, followed by the final ceremony of the day at Oak Hill Cemetery, at Quenemo.

But no, they weren’t done yet.  They collected the flags and tags from the Avenue of flags, starting at 5 p.m. and returned them to their post.  By Tuesday or Wednesday the flags at the graves are all collected and also stored for the next year. All of the events are done rain or shine each year.

But the thing all of the Legion members want you know is they don’t do it out of obligation but out love, and to honor their fallen comrades.

For more information on placing a tag and pole at either Vassar or Lyndon cemeteries, contact American Legion Post 125 at [email protected].

Freedom glows through the avenue of flags at a local cemetery on Memorial Day.

Freedom glows through the avenue of flags at a local cemetery during the Memorial Day holiday.

Author’s note: The post would like to thank all the families for donations to Avenue of Flags. 

Photos thanks to Geri Schuler.


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