Flags of our fathers placed by Boy Scout volunteers

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James FitzPatrick / Jeff Armbruster and his son Ethan were in Holy Cross Cemetery in Mays Landing Friday, May 23, placing flags on all of the veterans’ graves on behalf of Boy Scout Troop 126 and VFW Post 220. James FitzPatrick / Jeff Armbruster and his son Ethan were in Holy Cross Cemetery in Mays Landing Friday, May 23, placing flags on all of the veterans’ graves on behalf of Boy Scout Troop 126 and VFW Post 220. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – Each Memorial Day, when the local cemetery is transformed into a sea of red white blue to honor the service of veterans who have passed on, it might seem like all those flags appear by magic.

But it happens thanks to dedicated volunteers like Jeff Armbruster of Mays Landing and his son Ethan, 15, a freshman at Cedar Creek High School.

Father and son along with mom Shirley were out in Holy Cross Cemetery in Mays Landing Friday afternoon, May 23, to make sure the military men and women from generations past are properly remembered.

The Armbrusters were on a mission to plant 1,200 flags on veterans’ graves on behalf of Boy Scout Troop 126 of Mays Landing and the troop's sponsor organization, VFW Post 220, which supplies the list of veterans’ graves to be recognized each year.

Jeff, who is troop scoutmaster, said usually there are more volunteers helping out, but due to some scheduling conflicts it was down to the three of them this year.

Scouts have been placing the flags each year in Holy Cross for the past nine years.


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