Despite Virus, Group Adorns Ellis Woods Cemetery
EAST COVENTRY PA – As they have for dozens of years, and hope to for dozens more, area veterans assembled this week to decorate the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers buried at the Ellis Woods Cemetery in East Coventry Township. The skies were clear, the sun shining, and temperatures comfortable as the group of five placed 13-star flags and planted flowers for each soldier, and hung other flags nearby.
But like so many events affected by the coronavirus outbreak, the annual Memorial Day tribute to the 17 unknown and fallen members of Gen. George Washington’s army won’t include the pomp and circumstance offered in their honor during years past.
Previous ceremonies at the cemetery featured Boy and Girl Scout units, a small band playing appropriate melodies, and a guest-speaking dignitary or two. That can’t happen in the age of COVID-19, with groups of participants banned by stay-at-home orders intended for public safety.
None of that dismayed East Coventry resident Liz Willow and several others (above) who gathered Tuesday morning (May 19, 2020) at the cemetery to pay their respects with the support of the Pottstown Joint Veterans Council. It’s important work, they agreed, and a way to recognize the sacrifices made by so many who helped make and keep the nation free.
The cemetery will be open throughout the holiday weekend for visits by individuals and small groups. Bring a flower to add to the decorations, the group suggested, or just spend some quiet time there in remembrance.
Photos by The Post Publications