HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) It was a day to prepare to honor those who fought for our freedoms. With Memorial Day next week, volunteers gathered today to place American flags in the graves of veterans.
At St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hanover Township. There are graves for 8,400 veterans — a flag was placed on each and every grave Saturday.
Tammy Wenger a volunteer Navy veteran told us, “It’s respect for our fallen veterans.”
And that is why volunteers of all ages, from all walks of life, including veterans spent Saturday placing flags on the graves of those who served. Some who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“There are so many volunteers here today and it’s overwhelming,” said Wenger.
Karen Dezlect, a volunteer who was also there to help said, “I mean there’s 8,000 in this cemetery alone. Whether they died from natural causes or died in the war it’s mind boggling, it’s overwhelming it really is.”
The AMVETS Post 59 based in Hanover Township organized this mission.
“When you sit back and you say why should we honor vets this way some of them never made it home, but they paid the ultimate sacrifice so we have the freedoms we have,” said Lucius Washington, an Army veteran and Commander AMVETS Post 59.
Many of these volunteers have family serving in the military right now, so this effort hits close to home.
Mary Karpovich, of Hanover Township told us, “my son is supposed to get deployed so you worry but it’s his job that’s what he signed up for.”
Among the dozens of volunteers, members of the Hanover Area High School football team. They say this us the first time they have been together since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closings of schools.
“It’s important to us to because we show our support for the Vets because they made the ultimate sacrifice for us,” said Dylan Martinez, a Hanover Area High School student in his junior year.
The 8,400 flags were given to the AMVETS Post by the Veterans Administration. Veterans organizations across our region will be carrying out similar missions this week leading up to Memorial Day May 25th.