Zach Pransky, Veritas Staff
On Saturday, Nov. 7, a group of high school and middle school students from Rockland made an early morning trip to the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne to put flags on the graves of veterans in preparation for Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
Beginning at 10 o’clock, a short service, led by organizer Paul Monti, preceded the day’s task of putting a flag on each of the almost 60,000 grave sites in the cemetery.
The Rockland students joined groups of people from all over the state to administer the flags. Groups of students broke off to try to cover as much space as was possible. With hundreds of volunteers showing up, the task was completed in only a few short hours.
Overall, the day was very successful for everyone involved at the cemetery.
Mrs. Black and Ms. Paulding accompanied the bus full of students. Each of the 23 high school students who gave up their morning and part of the afternoon earned four community service hours.