Saturday, May 10, 2014

Decorating Veterans graves for Memorial Day


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New Ipswich celebrates Memorial Day a week before the official holiday. This is a long standing tradition that was started over 100 years ago to insure that the town could schedule a band to play at the parade.

New Ipswich will be celebrating Memorial Day on Sunday May 18th, 2014
In preparation the New Ipswich Congregational Church youth group decorated Veteran graves with American Flags

Not an easy task looking for graves that in some instances are centuries old

Volunteers

The Village Cemetery is located on Main Street in New Ipswich

Without the maps this would be an impossible task

New high quality flags for 2014
The flags will remain in place till July 5th

"There's an app for that"
Maybe there should be. Geo-tagging these graves might make this an easier task

Eagle Scout Derek Rust puts some touch-up paint on his project
Derek also plays echo taps with his dad at the graveside ceremonies on Memorial Day

UPDATE: In 2016 Derek was unable to play taps in New Ipswich because he was deployed to the Middle East