MAYS LANDING - Intense heat couldn’t stop volunteers from placing American flags on the graves of veterans at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery on May 25.
Joan Zebedies brought her daughter Remington, 10 and son Eddy, 8, to the cemetery to help place the flags. “We started coming out a few years ago and we have been coming ever since,” Zebedies said.
Remington, who is a member of Girl Scout troop 11022, said her favorite part about coming out to help place the flags is “Being nice to veterans.” Eddy, who is a member of Boy Scout troop 254, said he likes coming out because “I get to hold flags and dig holes.”
The Atlantic County Division of Parks and Recreation places American flags on the graves three times a year, for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans Day.
According to Eric Husta, of the Atlantic County Division of Parks and Recreation, the county began reaching out to the community to help place the flags because the county just didn’t have enough manpower. Plus, “It helps get the kids involved,” he said.
Lauren Findenson, 11, a member of Girl Scout troop 11013, said she enjoys coming out “Because it is a good thing to do.”
Her friend and fellow Girl Scout DeVyne Johnson, 9, said she likes placing the flags because “These people fought for us and it shows them respect.”
The flags were placed on the graves in preparation for the Memorial Day service, which was held at the cemetery on Friday.
The Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery is located in Estell Manor Park, 109 Boulevard Rt. 50 in Mays Landing. The park hours are from 7:30 a.m. to a half-hour after sunset during the week and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays.