Going Strong Since the 1950s, Tradition of Placing Flags on Gravesites of Veterans Continues in Greenwich

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Scouts heading out to place American flags on the graves of veterans. Photo: Heather Lowthert

Vin Masi, who served in the Navy during the Korean War, and is a member of the Greenwich American Legion, helped enlist Scouts to help place flags on the gravesites at various locations throughout Greenwich on Wednesday.

American Legion has been doing this before Memorial Day weekend since the 1950’s. A total of about 2,300 flags were ordered and placed at cemeteries including Union Cemetery, First Church Binney Park, Tomac, Putman and St. Mary’s.

Organizations that took part included the VFW Cos Cob, Marine League, Retired Men’s Association, Knight of Columbus, Cos Cob Fire Station, Glenville Fire Station and the Greenwich Boy Scouts.

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Photo: Heather Lowthert

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Vin Masi handing a flag to Pack 23 Tiger Cub Lucas Fawcett. Photo Heather Lowthert



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  • Judy Goss

    Great job, Scouts!

  • Maureen Therese Sheehan

    Really wonderful to see! Thank you, Vin Masi. And thank you to all the veterans for your unwavering service. You are the backbone of this country. God bless.

  • BarbaraJean Fortunato

    In the past years my Fathers grave did not recieve a flag,I know he only has a foot stone which is in need of straitening out but he was a drill Sargent in the U.S. Army,World war ll,They some times bypass s grave,there is right now a tattered litttle flag on it I’m hoping he has a new one this year he is facing parsonage cottage on the hill in Putnam cemetery Thank You and all of the vets who have died and are still away from home protecting our country .let’s never forget the Vet!