OGDENSBURG — Flags already mark the graves of veterans in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Now Alan Mooney is looking for a little help to finish the job at the Ogdensburg Cemetery and Notre Dame Cemetery.
Mr. Mooney has been coordinating this effort for decades, but his experience does not make the job less daunting.
There are 2,000 flags that need to be placed, he said.
“It’s a monumental task,” Mr. Mooney said with a laugh.
But numbers can make a big difference.
“Last year we had 20 or 30 people,” he said. “It didn’t even take two hours.”
The flags are being sponsored by VFW Post 2936 and American Legion Post 69.
Mr. Mooney said volunteers will be gathering at 9:30 a.m., Saturday by the flagpole at Notre Dame Cemetery to place the flags.
If anybody has any questions about how they can help, they can always contact Mr. Mooney at 315-393-7904.
Observance of Memorial Day in Ogdensburg this year will begin with the ceremonial tossing of a wreath into the St. Lawrence River at 7:30 a.m., to be followed by a 9 a.m. ceremony in front of the Vietnam Memorial at the far end of the parking lot near Northern Physical Therapy.
A parade will begin at 10 a.m. beginning at Library Park, proceeding to the Ogdensburgh Cemetery. An 11 a.m. remembrance ceremony will be held at the cemetery, according to Mr. Mooney.
Soup and sandwiches will be served at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2936 on Champlain Street.