Students are again taking the lead in posting new U.S. flags on the graves of local heroes.

Volunteers are needed at Elmwood Cemetery on Saturday, May 18 from 8:30am-noon (rain or shine) for the annual flag replacement. Every year around Memorial Day, volunteers replace flags on graves of all veterans whose resting places are in Methuen. This is both a way to do something important while having fun.

Veteran Services Officer Paul Jensen told MethuenLife, “This event is unique in the Commonwealth in that it is a student-led event. Instead of kids coming out and working with adults, the adults work for the kids in replacing the flags. It is a great opportunity for our kids to have some leadership experience in organizing, planning and executing the event, and they have never let us down. In my experience, when you just ask our students for help, they always exceed your expectations. This group of students is especially impressive and represents a cross-section of student leaders at both Methuen High School and Greater Lawrence Technical School.”

To volunteer, sign up online at: or call the Veterans Office at (978) 983-8585.

~ Nancy Reardon


Veterans Services Officer Paul Jensen stands with the student leaders heading this year’s flag replacement. Shown are (from left) GLTS student Mia Coplin; MHS JROTC members Brian Congo and Olivia Murphy; Jensen; MHS JROTC’s Eleanor Murphy, Jacob Trainor, Amir Samour and Matthew Mrabu; and GLTS’ Ashley Cruz. ML photo by Nancy Reardon