Volunteers Needed for Saturday Flag Placements
POTTSTOWN PA – About 2,200 graves of United States military service veterans will be decorated with American flags Saturday (June 27) beginning at 8 a.m. by the mausoleum on the grounds of Highland Memorial Park cemetery, 710 Farmington Ave., according to Pottstown Joint Veterans Council President Billy Worrell.
Council members will pick up flags for all Pottstown area cemeteries Friday (June 26) from Montgomery County’s Department of Veteran Affairs, he reported. Then, “a lot of community volunteer support will be needed to honor such a large number of veteran graves,” Worrell wrote in an e-mail to The Post and others.
Many hands make light work. If you’d like to pitch in and help, just show up.
Worrell, who has been on similar flag details for decades, also offers this advice to Highland Park volunteers: “Because the ground is usually very hard, it is to difficult to push the flag sticks into the ground. “It is recommended you bring a cordless drill with either a ¼” or 5/16” bit in it. Some folks bring a piece of metal rod (of) about that diameter, and a hammer, to make a hole.”
The county’s hope is to ensure placement of all flags at all cemeteries by July 4. Worrell indicated the council, which represents all fraternal veteran organizations in the Pottstown area, intends to be timely in completing the honor.