There are more than 800 veterans lying in rest at the Rural Cemetery in Southborough, and last Friday evening each one of them was honored with a new American flag on their gravestone.
The flags were distributed throughout the cemetery by boy scouts, girl scouts, veterans, and other community members. VFW Commander Steve Whynot said in his 20 years coordinating veterans’ observances, Friday night’s turnout was one of the best.
“Tonight was just far and away beyond my expectations,” Whynot wrote in an email. “It shows that Yes… Patriotism and pride is very much alive and is firmly planted in the foundation of small towns like Southorough. It’s what makes this a great country.”
Southborough’s state representatives Carolyn Dykema and Danielle Gregoire also attended the event, as did selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf.
Below are some photos from the flag placing. Click any thumbnail in the gallery to enlarge and view as a slideshow.