The American Legion’s annual grave decorating will take place on the Friday evening of National Poppy Day, May 25.  

More than 900 flags need to be placed on the veterans’ graves that evening, and the American Legion relies on help from Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Boy Scouts. All are invited to lend a patriotic hand.

Volunteers are asked to report to the American Legion Hall (the little Red Schoolhouse), 71 North Salem Road (Route 116), at 6 p.m. After a brief instruction on the proper placement of the flags, volunteers will disperse into the cemeteries.

Residents are invited to show support for the veterans by wearing a poppy during the event. If a volunteer doesn’t have a poppy, they will be available at the Legion Hall.

In the cemetery, legionnaires will be stationed about as informational guides. It is suggested that residents bring a screwdriver to make a hole for the flags.  

“With enough hands, this task is usually completed in an hour’s time,” said Commander George Besse.