VFW & Elks Club members to place flags in honor of lost vets

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Memorial Day

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Club will once again join forces on Friday to place flags at the grave sites of more than 500 veterans interred at Williamson Memorial Gardens. 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Club will once again join forces on Friday to place flags at the grave sites of more than 500 veterans interred at Williamson Memorial Gardens. 

Members of Franklin VFW Post 4893, Nashville Franklin Elks Lodge #72 and their families will gather at 5 p.m., spread out with bundles of flags and proceed to find every veteran’s grave in the cemetery.

“We have to look closely so we don’t miss any graves,” said VFW Post member Joe Barbieri. “Then we use a small hammer or screwdriver to install the flag by the marker. It takes about an hour. After, we’ll return to the VFW to share a meal.”

The Elks Club was founded after the Civil War. It was primarily founded to help veterans and their families in need, according to Gary McBee, the club’s exalted ruler. 

“Veterans and the American flag are very important to Elks. They’re at the heart of who we are,” he added. “Flag placement is a special time for Elks. It brings families together.”

The placement project includes a bugler who will play taps after all the flags have been placed.

“It is an honor to be able to honor veterans who allowed us to keep the freedoms we have,” Barbieri said. “It’s a small part to do. God bless America.” 

Flags will remain on the graves throughout Memorial Day weekend and a few days to follow.

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