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Woodbury Boy Scouts Place Flags at Veterans’ Graves

WOODBURY – It’s an annual tradition that goes back to the 1980s. On the days leading up to Memorial Day, Woodbury’s Boy Scouts and their families place U.S. flags at the gravesites of veterans.

On Friday and Saturday, scouts from troops 480 and 54 made their way to South Cemetery, North Cemetery, and Old North Cemetery to identify the headstones of those who served and place flags at them.

The tradition started back when Dave Monckton was the scoutmaster of Troop 54. The scouts began helping at the request of Barrie Smith, a member of Woodbury’s American Legion Post, who was a friend of Monkton and one of the veterans honored each year with a flag.

Though Dave Monckton passed away in March 2017 at the age of 70, his family has kept the tradition alive. The Monkton family provides the scouts with 600 to 800 flags to place in the cemeteries.

The following photos are of Troop 54 scouts and their families placing flags at North Cemetery on Saturday, May 25.

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