RANDOLPH, NJ- On Thursday May 25, members of the Randolph VFW Post 7333 made their annual Memorial Day weekend visit to all nine cemetaries in Randolph, where they placed flags at the grave of former service members.
“This annual ritual is not only important to the veterans that participate, but also to the family members of the fallen vet,” said VFW Post Commander Scott Montanio. “In a way, it symbolizes the true meaning and purpose of Memorial Day. By placing the flags in our cemeteries we honor those who have made a sacrifice to serve our country before us, as well as serve as a reminder to those who see these locations in our community.”
Every year, the week prior to Memorial Day, our Randolph VFW post members go to all of the cemeteries in town to place our country's flag on all of the veterans' graves who have been laid to rest.
There are nine different cemeteries where the VFW visits in Randolph, they are Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Heistein Cemetery, Walnut Grove Cemetery, Baptist Cemetery, Millbrook Methodist Church Cemetery, Quaker Church Cemetery, St, Peter & Paul Christian Church Cemetery, Mount Sinai Cemetery, and Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
“Placing a new American Flag on each grave of our veterans every year is an honor and a privilege,” said Past Post Commander Jack Sassaman. “By doing so we remember the sacrifices each gave to keep our nation free.”
In total, over 800 flags are placed at gravestones in town.
“The cost of freedom isn't free, and I don't think there can be a more perfect representation of the that cost when you see the number of flags proudly standing watch over our veterans' final resting place,” said Montanio.
The VFW Hall on Carroll Road will hold their annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday May 29, at 11 AM. The ceremony is open to all who want to attend, typically attracting a few hundred people each year.