WELLSBORO — With life being a bit different in these trying times, the community of Wellsboro continued a long-standing tradition of honoring the area’s fallen veterans.
On Wednesday, May 19, volunteers placed flags on veterans’ graves at the Wellsboro Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day.
Ed Wilson, commander of the American Legion Post, led the charge for those who came out to lay the flags. People came from all over to help with the event. Residents from every end of Tioga County and as far as Bradford County came out to support Memorial Day and the fallen veterans who put their lives on the line for their country.
“People came out from all over, as far as Troy,” Wilson said. “It’s great, we even had to turn some people away.”
Wilson believes it is important to honor veterans. Although the post received a good turnout of volunteers this year, they haven’t always had the same numbers come out and show their support as some past years.
“I think it’s great the way we honor our veterans,” Wilson said. “I don’t think it’s as big as it used to be. Years ago we used to have people lined up here all over, I think it’s getting downsized over the years.”
In the future, Wilson hopes to inspire more people to turn out to honor their veterans. He thinks that supporting the veterans is of utmost importance and appreciates those who donate their time to this cause.
“We appreciate everyone that does come out. It’s getting to that there aren’t enough veterans to do it anymore,” Wilson said. “Anybody can come out and help out — school kids, parents and everybody else who’s out here and helping.”