WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Veterans Day will take place next month and the community of West Springfield is already honoring local veterans with its “Veterans Park of Heroes”. More than 300 American flags now cover the town of West Springfield.
“It just reminds people you know, there are people who fought for our country, to let us do things like putting up these flags. When you see the flags flying in the breeze, if it doesn’t hit you, something is wrong, ”said Jon Ladue of the West Springfield Lions Club.
This annual event is a great reminder of the great sacrifices made by the men and women in uniform. Rows of flags are displayed, with a label on each flag containing information about a veteran. On Saturday, people were already marching through the flags, reading the names and sharing the stories of those who have given in many ways to serve the United States. For some, it was a personal moment of reflection.
“My brother was a sailor. He was killed in the Marines many years ago, and to come here and just watch the young children devote their time and be a part of that, that does a credit to all the veterans of the United States, ”Kate Fredette, a Smith and Wesson’s volunteer said.
The Lion’s Club will provide college scholarships to children or grandchildren of veterans attending school in Hampden County, with funds from families, individuals and businesses sponsoring a flag to honor a former fighter. The Veterans Heroes Park will be on display from October 16 to November 14.