2018-08-09 / News

Volunteers needed to help with flags for Victory Day ceremony


Flags fly in Veterans Memorial Square during last year’s Veterans Day ceremony. PHOTO BY ANDREA VON HOHENLEITEN Flags fly in Veterans Memorial Square during last year’s Veterans Day ceremony. PHOTO BY ANDREA VON HOHENLEITEN Seventy-three years ago, on Aug. 14, 1945, Japan announced its surrender and World War II came to an end.

In the United States, there was wild celebration. More than 16 million Americans had joined the armed services, and about 400,000 of them had died. The war had directly affected everyone.

Rhode Island celebrates the end of this war as Victory Day, which will be observed Monday. In Jamestown, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars remember the surrender by flying 100 flags at the East Ferry green. These flags, which covered the caskets of local veterans at their funerals, have been donated by their families.

To prepare Veterans Memorial Square for the commemoration, the Legion and VFW need volunteers to raise the flags at 7 a.m. Monday. Volunteers also are needed to take them down at 3 p.m.

With enough volunteers, it only takes 20 minutes, according to Legionnaire Dennis Webster, commander of the Arnold-Zweir Post 22. The flags will not be put up if it’s raining.

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