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Volunteers place flags at area cemeteries in advance of Memorial Day

By Susan Mustapich | May 11, 2021
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Rev. Dave Franclemont, U.S. Navy Veteran, and Ginny Franclemont join a group of about 20, to place flags on the graves of Veterans at Mountain View Cemetery and cemeteries in Lincolnville.

Post 30 American Legion Veterans, family and community members gathered the morning of May 10 to place American flags at area cemeteries in honor of those who served with the U.S. military.

Rosey Gerry put out a call for more volunteers the morning of May 9. On May 10, Jeff Sukeforth brought the flags, 500 for Camden's Mountain View Cemetery alone. The plan was to begin in Camden and go on to the Youngtown Cemetery on Route 52, cemeteries on Heal Road and the French Cemetery in the Lincolnville Beach area.

Bob Oxton of Camden had already placed flags at the Oak Hill cemeteries, Sukeforth said. Veterans place the flags every year in advance of Memorial Day.

The flags at the Oak Hill Cemetery may be the most visible reminder that Memorial Day is coming, as there are no plantings and the granite, bronze and marble grave markers are set in foundations level with the ground.

Mountain View Cemetery in Camden is the resting place for many who have served in the military since the time of the American Revolution.

This year's plan for Memorial Day is for veterans to travel to monuments in the area for wreath laying, salutes, and the playing of taps and other patriotic music. A schedule of events will be released as soon as it is available.

 

 

 

 

John Krumrein of Lincolnville places a flag on the grave of Katharine B. Blandin, who died in 1872, and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, a patriotic organization supporting  American Civil War veterans who served in the Union forces. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Next to the gravestone of Katharine B. Blandin is a military marker with the initials G.A.R., indicating she was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and supporter of  American Civil War veterans who served in the Union forces. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Geoff Chapman's military service began in 1944, when he joined the Army Reserve. He went on active duty in 1945, and in 1946 joined the occupation force in Germany. He has a distinguished career in military aviation, flying with and training others for numerous jet fighter and interceptor squadrons. He flew small surveillance planes in the Vietnam War, and afterwards was deputy commander for Operations providing air support to U.S. Army Divisions in West Germany. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
Ron Vanosdol joined with a group of about about 20 volunteers to place American flags at the graves of those in the U.S. armed and auxiliary services. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The Rev. Dave Franclemont, U.S. Navy Veteran, and Ginny Franclemont place a flag at the grave of Civil War Veteran Samuel J. Harding in Mountain View Cemetery in Camden. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The gravestone of Civil War Veteran Samuel J. Harding tells us he survived the war by many years, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Camden in 1917. The marker next to his grave indicates he served in the Civil War. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
A group of about 20 Post 30 American Legion Veterans, family and community members place flags at area cemeteries May 10 in honor of those who served with the military from Revolutiony War to modern times. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth |

Once again Susan was right there for the Legion and one of its community projects.  Thank you Susan for all you do for us.

 



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