Volunteers Needed to Help Clean Markers

Thursday, May 10, 2012
By Joe Domelowicz

Winthrop Vietnam veteran and proprietor of Honan Sign Company, Richard Honan, is once again posting a call to arms, of sorts.

Honan, who is well-known in town as a veterans advocate and active in the veterans community in Winthrop, is once again organizing an army of grave marker cleaners in time for Memorial Day. Honan and a group of volunteers have been cleaning up grave markers at the cemeteries for last several years, in an effort to help the town make the cemetery look as good as possible for the annual Memorial Day services.

“We’re just asking folks to lend a hand and honor those who have given their life in defense of this great Country,” said Honan of his annual effort. “We will be cleaning the bronze Veterans grave markers in the Winthrop Cemetery. Come on down to the cemetery on Saturday and show that you care. Bring your children and educate them why we take the time to honor those who gave their life defending the United States of America.”

The clean up effort will take place on Saturday, May 12th, Honan suggested that people volunteering bring an old knife, a bucket, gloves and maybe a small brush, but he will also have some tools on hand for volunteers to borrow, if they cannot bring their own.”

“We will be meeting at the Cemetery entrance at the intersection of River Road, Cross Street and Bowdoin Street,“ said Honan. “I’ll have some light refreshments, coffee, Dunkin munchkins, soft drinks and water for the volunteers as well.”

For more information about the veterans grave cleaning, volunteers can call Richard Honan at 617-846-5972.

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