To honor service and sacrifice

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Aiden Griffiths places a flag on a grave at Lakeview Cemetery. Aiden, Riley and Liam Griffiths joined their grandmother, Joan Eldred (above, right) and about 40 other volunteers completed their work within 2 hours Friday.

Several volunteers gathered at Lakeview Cemetery May 22 to place nearly 1,300 U.S. flags at the graves of military veterans.

Greg Disbrow, who coordinates the flag program for Yates County, says the veteran’s graves are designated with markers based on information from the Yates County Veteran’s Services office. That office orders the flags, and Disbrow disperses them to cemeteries around Yates County.

As he instructed the volunteers on their duties, Disbrow encouraged them to take time to read the marker and gravestones and pause to understand the veteran they were honoring.

Working from the Court Street entrance toward Elm Street, it took the group of volunteers, who ranged from elementary aged youngsters to more mature retirees, about 2 hours to honor all the graves.

Volunteers who coordinate distribution of flags to other area cemeteries are Bonnie Bassler, St. Michaels; Bob Johnson, Bellona; Dan Lynn, Branchport; Tom Pengally, Potter; Bobbi Wolfe, Benton; Matha Wheeler, Himrod/Pioneer; Dave Blauvelt, Second Milo; Ellen Hey, Voak/Shuman; Lakeview, Herb Snyder and Dick Lent.

The flags are removed after Veterans Day.