Placing flags on the grave of veterans is a commitment that Mike McDermott has maintained since he took over for World War II veterans at the Homer American Legion back in the 1980s.
On Wednesday evening, dozens turned out to place American flags around Glenwood Cemetery in Homer. McDermott was pleased.
“Wonderful. I bet we’ve got 40 kids…parents and kids and a bunch of guys and women from George Junior which is fantastic. It gets them out and it helps us. It’s a beautiful night. It’s just wonderful.”
What motivates McDermott?
“Being a veteran, these are my comrades. It doesn’t matter if they’re killed in war or not, we honor them all because they all were in the service, they did a job, what they were called to do.”
The former state American Legion Commander reminds us that many of the families of the veterans at Glenwood are no longer around so it’s important to decorate the graves.
McDermott says he loves it when the kids join the effort, “and it’s great to hear these Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts because they get laughing and running. I’ve heard some of the parents say – don’t do that – I say no. Let them go. Because a lot of these guys and women who are buried here, they’d love to hear these kids’ voices again.”
The Homer Memorial Day Parade is Monday beginning at 9 am down Main Street to Cayuga Street to Glenwood Cemetery for a service.