The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #406, The American Legion Post #7, the Sons of Union Veterans and The Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission invite you to join them at 10 am on May 18th to help clean military stones located in Common Burying Ground on Farewell Street. 

According to a press release seeking volunteers for the event, “the city will provide all the needed equipment and know-how; we simply need your energy and enthusiasm”. 

The annual flagging of military stones in preparation for Memorial Day will also take place at this time, according to the release.  “We’ll have the flags; we know where to place them and you’ll provide the power to make it happen,” the release states.

“This community service activity is a great way to start Armed Forces Day and prepare for the Memorial Day holiday!  Please join us to honor those who have served our country”.

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