Volunteers honor veterans at Notre Dame Cemetery
On a cool damp Saturday morning, sacrifice is honored.
Volunteers are here at the Notre Dame Cemetery in Pawtucket to place new flags at the graves of men and women who served our country.
Ricky Beretta and Nathan Thompson are members of Boy Scout Troop 64 Saylesville, and they are also two of the volunteers at this yearly event.
For Beretta it is a way to observe the holiday for what it was originally intended for, to honor comrades or family members who have fought for our freedom both in the past and today.
Fellow scout Thompson adds that it is also about honoring those service men and women who have lost their lives while protecting ours.
At just 11 years old, Nathan is a veteran if you will of this tribute, which he has now attended for the third time. .
This is a tradition that has been around for some 60 years,
To put it in perspective volunteers are placing some 3800 flags here in the cemetery.
Now families who come to visit their loved ones, not just this weekend but all year, will see the sign of respect and gratitude that has been placed here.
By those who say they have a true appreciation of what Memorial Day is all about.