BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Although many Memorial Day traditions have been postponed or altered this year due to COVID-19, one tradition continued this morning at Glendale Cemetery. Despite the gloomy weather, Scouts from around Bloomfield helped to place American flags on the graves of US military veterans.
Members of Troop 22, Troop 2, an all female troop, and Cub Scout Pack 22 arrived in shifts throughout the morning in order to maintain social distancing while placing flags.
In addition to the grave flagging, this year for Memorial Day the Scouts assisted the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department by further honoring our fallen heroes by adorning a red, white and blue bow and American Flag on every Bloomfield pole that bears a veteran street sign. There are nearly 40 street signs honoring our armed service members who gave their lives defending our country and our freedom. Each street sign is strategically placed on the nearest street corner closest to their home of record at the time they served.
Joining the Scouts today were members of the Bloomfield Fire Department as well as some members of the public that also came out to lend a hand. Firefighter Alex Nieves, a Marine veteran makes sure he comes out every year to help flag the graves. "We feel it's important to show respect for the fallen servicemen and servicewomen that helped make America the greatest country in the world," said Nieves.
Glendale Cemetery is located on Hoover Avenue in Bloomfield, NJ.