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Canadian flags placed in front of veterans graves in Our Lady of Calvary cemetery in Yarmouth on November 9, 2022 (Acadia News Photo)

Community Effort To Honour Veterans Gravesites

By Kevin Northup Nov 10, 2022 | 12:19 PM

You may have noticed a Canadian flag on the grave of your loved one.

Nearly 600 flags have been placed on veterans graves in 20 cemeteries.

A number of legions came together for the initiative, with help from schools, the 84th Independent Field Battery and a couple from Pubnico, veteran John Gratton and his wife Crystal.

The couple had been placing flags throughout Yarmouth County on their own dime.

Andre Boudreau with the Wedgeport Legion says it’s great to help.

“Wedgeport, Pubnico and Yarmouth legions got together and purchased 1,000 flags, so the Gratton’s wouldn’t have to purchase it out of their pocket. In Yarmouth County, if you see a Canadian flag on a grave, it’s been done by us or them.” says Boudreau.

He says the Community Pride Club at Maple Grove have also helped out the Grattons.

In Wedgeport, a mass will be held at St. Michael’s Church tomorrow at 10 a.m, followed by the Remembrance Day service.

A reception will follow at the legion.

Plymouth School student Noah Morgan, Grade 5, after having put a Canada flag reads out the name of the buried veteran in Plymouth cemetery on November 2, 2022. On the left Wedgeport legionnaire and veteran Kevin Pothier gives the salute. On the right Mike Scott of Plymouth oversees the event as coordinator. (Contributed Photo)


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