Flags for Veteran’s Graves and Cemetery Hikes

Dory Wagner,  who oversees the Historical Cemeteries in Richmond, has been busy putting together a brochure to handout when she conducts her first Richmond Historical Cemetery hike:

Richmond Historic Cemetery hike # 1.

  • April 14, 11:00AM, meet at Carolina Trout Pond off of switch road. In Carolina Management area.
  • Moderately difficult walk on woodland trails for one hour.
  • You will see 2 Historic cemeteries to explore, ponds, streams, ancient farm sites, a stone lined well and many stone wall structures.
  • This hike will be on the same day as the annual RI Historic Cemetery Preservation and Awareness Day.  
  • All 39 towns in RI will be cleaning a cemetery on that day so we will spend a short time cleaning in each of the 2 cemeteries on our hike.
  • Total time for hike is 1 and 1/2 hours.

Dory is also trying to coordinate the placement of flags on the graves of veterans.  “For some time now the veteran cemetery administrator in Exeter and RI H CC (RI Historical Commission) have tried to come up with a plan to prevent duplication, save money and get each veteran grave a respectable flag. In the past Boy Scouts have done some, veterans do some and families do some. And some people get the flags from the veteran cemetery office in Exeter to line their driveways.”

She is interested in finding out if there are any organized group that flags veteran graves in our Richmond historic cemeteries?   Who might be doing it every year currently and where do they put the flags, if anywhere.

She will be listing which of our 98 cemeteries need flags and where she needs help in getting the job done.

She also noted there will be February organizational meetings for volunteers. No longer will flags be given out to people not in this program.



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