Honoring those who have served

Kathleen Corey Rahme

What better way to honor our veterans  than to prepare their final resting places for Memorial Day?

I know that when I participate in the various holiday events such as the parade and traditional picnics, the day means so much more to me because I have placed flags and edged bronze markers. This is an open invitation to all to join us for these meaningful activities as we prepare for Memorial Day.

The month of May is my favorite month because of all the events that lead up to Memorial Day. Below is the list of volunteer opportunities for young and old alike. Won’t you please consider joining the Methuen Youth Corps for these volunteer opportunities?

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The annual spring clean-up day took place in the Elmwood Cemetery from
9-12 Noon. We had more than sixty volunteers edging the veterans’ bronze markers and cleaning the area. It was a wonderful event and I want to thank everyone who participated.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Flag replacement for veterans’ graves. We will be replacing flags at the Walnut Grove at 9:00 am. It is located on Grove Street off of Lowell Street (the first left going west after Mt. Carmel School). At 10:30 am we will be placing flags at St. Anthony’s Cemetery on RT.113 West.

The St. Anthony’s Maronite Youth Group will be partnering with us for this event. Everyone is welcome!   Saturday, May 17, 2008

St. Mary’s Cemetery, Methuen will have the flags replaced. We will meet rain or shine at 9:00-12 noon in front of the Mausoleum. Lunch will be provided. We will eat in front of the red barn on Woodland Street. RSVP by May 9 so we will know how much food to get. Last year we replaced 7000 flags! There will also be a flag burning.

We are partnering with Tom Hargreaves, of Methuen and Francisco Urena, of Lawrence, both Directors of Veterans’ Services. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will be there too. This annual event is in its 5th year and we are always joined by the Methuen High School JROTC cadets and their commander Lt. Col. Bernie Stansbury.

The 8th annual Veterans’ Wall of Honor will be held at St. Monica School on Saturday, May 17 from 2-6 pm and on Sunday, May 18 from 12 noon to 4:00 pm. The wall features approximately 650 photos of veterans with ties to the Merrimack Valley.

This may be the largest private collection of military photographs in the area. The event is free. If you have a photocopy of a photo you wish to have displayed on the Wall of Honor please contact me. No originals are taken and the photo will remain in the collection to be displayed every year. Contact me if you are able to volunteer for these events. All welcome!

Kathleen Corey Rahme is the former City Councilor in Methuen, is the founder of the Methuen Youth Corps., and hosts “Call to Serve.” You can email her at kcorey rahme@comcast.net  or call 978-686-0008


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