The City of Pittsfield and the Berkshire Veterans’ Coalition will hold a coordination meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26 in the City Council Chambers to welcome volunteers, both existing and new, to discuss this year’s veteran flag placement at the city’s cemeteries.
Each year, many veterans, groups, and individuals of all ages assist in the flag placement at Pittsfield’s cemeteries, helping to place over 8,000 flags and markers. Flag placement for all Pittsfield cemeteries will begin at 8 a.m. Monday, May 2.
All participants will meet at the Pittsfield Cemetery maintenance garage, 203 Wahconah St. to distribute binders, markers and flags. Those who plan on assisting are encouraged to wear sneakers or boots (in case the grass is wet); bring a screwdriver for flag insertion; and bring a water bottle, hat, and sunscreen.
Massachusetts law requires “that all cities and towns where there are cemeteries containing the remains of deceased veterans, shall place on all veterans’ graves a flag of the United States on every Memorial Day,” noted Jim Clark, Director of Veterans Services.
“Although it may be Massachusetts law to mark our veterans’ graves, those of us who are veterans know that it is our solemn duty as surviving veterans to remember those who went before us and those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy today,” said Clark. “This is an annual tribute from one generation of veterans to another, to remember those who have passed, those who sacrificed all, and to the families they have left behind.”For those who are unable to attend the coordination meeting, and would like to volunteer to assist with this project, please contact Clark at 413-499-9435 or John Harding at 413-441-9417.