Just blew in. Ha Ha. A joke for those in the know. So, to let everyone in on the joke…..
May 23rd was one WINDY and chilly day for putting out the flags that marked the graves of Eddington’s veterans. Sixteen members of American Heritage Girls and Trail Life met at the East Eddington Community Church to get their instructions. Promptly at 9:15, two groups of troop members and their parents set out to place flag holders and flags at the grave sites of Eddington’s veterans.
The first group was led by Susan Shane. Mrs. Shane and her husband have faithfully set out the flags in years past and she had volunteered to help the troops make the transition to flag “puter outers”. Mrs Shane led her group to Pine Tree Cemetery and Settlers’ Cemetery. These troops received a history lesson as they worked to replace and place 27 flags. The names of the veterans and the dates of their deaths were recorded. The grave site locations where also checked against the Town’s Cemetery maps.
The second group of troop members and parents tackled Riverside/Blackman Cemetery first. This team replaced 32 flags and also made a list of the veterans’ names and dates of their deaths. The Town Cemetery map was checked and updated. The team removed three bags of trash and one old tire. Next they moved to Jonathan Eddy Cemetery, replacing 13 flags and taking care of making the veteran list. After all that work, a break was called for.
Returning to the church, the teams warmed up and undertook the job of devouring the lunch the church had provided. Quite a lunch– steamed hot dogs, cookies, popcorn, watermelon and juice. The treat, ice cream sandwiches, was soon discovered and finished off. Yours truly enjoyed all of the refreshments including four hotdogs. Yum!!!
A smaller, and fuller, group left to tackle Meadow Brook Cemetery. The troops worked hard at this cemetery as well. Thirty-one flags were placed. The map was updated and a list was created also.
In summary, sixteen youth representing American Heritage Girls and Trail Life (with their parents) visited five local cemeteries on one VERY GUSTY day and placed one hundred and one flag holders and flags at Eddington’s veterans’ grave sites. They also enjoyed a great lunch. All in only four hours. Talk about keeping their shoulders to the wheel.
To help answer future trivia questions, the oldest veteran’s grave that we found was that of William Cumins (Meadow Brook). Mr. Cumins died on February 5, 1824. There is one grave site for a sailor buried at sea and one grave site for a lady veteran.
A Special Thanks to Susan Shane for her help!!!