May 18 2016

Volunteer to Place Flags on Veteran Graves for Memorial Day Ceremony


Honor Burlington’s deceased veterans and help the town get ready to honor all of our nation’s fallen heroes on Memorial Day. 


Burlington Office of Veterans Services is seeking volunteers to help place 3,000 flags on the graves of veterans for the Memorial Day observation. 


“Every city and town across Massachusetts replaces all of the American Flags at the veterans’ graves,” Veterans Services Director Chris Hanafin explained. “They’ve been doing it for decades.” 


Volunteers are asked to gather at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 to assist with the flag placement. Flags will be placed on graves at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Pine Haven Cemetery and the Second Parish Burial Ground. 


“We would like to welcome you to volunteer to help us ensure that each Veteran buried in the Town of Burlington has a brand new American Flag placed at their grave prior to Memorial Day,” a notice on the department’s website reads. 


They ask that volunteers RSVP so they know how many people are coming. You can find that sign-up sheet here


Finally, it is recommended that volunteers bring a pair of pliers to help with the removal of last year’s flags. 


Anyone with questions or concerns can call 781-270-1959 or send an email to

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