Volunteers place hundreds of flags at local cemetery to honor veterans

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WEST PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A local veterans’ group is making sure vets who’ve been laid to rest are not forgotten despite the pandemic this Memorial Day weekend.

About three dozen volunteers placed flags Saturday morning at the gravesites of veterans buried at West Pittston Cemetery. More than 500 flags were affixed to markers of those who served and even died defending and protecting America.

Some of the women and men who volunteered had loved ones die in service to our country. West Pittston American Legion, 1st Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Post 542 coordinated the flag distribution at five local cemeteries.

“This is tradition and you don’t want to lose traditions over a temporary situation. Hopefully, the pandemic is temporary but we cannot let go of our traditions and what’s important to a lot of us,” commander Ron Gitkos said.

Some of the men and women who volunteered to place the flags had loved ones who died in service to our country.

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