Honor veterans with flags at Norwalk cemeteries

Joanne Romano and Fran Di Meglio have been placing flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day for years.

By Joanne Romano

NORWALK, Conn. – It’s the time of year when our minds wander to picnics, boat rides, sun shining almost daily and flowers blooming … we look forward to BBQs and spending time with family and friends and parades and so much more as summer is just around the corner … but it is also a time when we reflect and honor those who served our country to protect our freedom to enjoy all of these things. As we have done for … so many years in Norwalk, we take a morning to place American flags on the final resting place of our deceased veterans.

I will once again be joining Fran Di Meglio of Northrop Grumman (Norden Systems) (who has organized this event for so many years with the generosity of Northrop Grumman supplying the flags) and dozens from Norwalk and neighboring towns placing flags at St. John’s Cemetery in Norwalk, on Saturday, May 18, with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. I will then take my group of volunteers to Riverside Cemetery to place flags on over 3,000 veterans graves with thousands more at St. John’s and other cemeteries throughout Norwalk.

Won’t you please take a couple hours from your Saturday morning to come out to help assure that all of our deceased veterans are honored?  For any students that need community hours, this is a good opportunity to honor Veterans and get hours in.

Please let me know if you are able to give a little of your time for those who gave so much. We need as many volunteers as possible!


Some gave all … All gave some!!!


5 responses to “Honor veterans with flags at Norwalk cemeteries”

  1. Diane C2

    Ditto. I’m signing up to support Fran Dimeglio in this important project, perhaps the last as Norden will be moving this year. Though she hates it when folks brag on her, you should also know that it’s thru Fran’s kind heart and patriotic spirit that Norwalkers have literally thousands and thousands of Thank You signs to wave at our veterans during our Memorial Day parade!
    So I’m joining Joanne Romano and dozens of others again this year to help place flags!
    It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s at your own pace for as long or little time as you want.
    I’m calling on all readers here to please take an hour on Saturday May 18th to help. If you’re a fan of my open government and informed taxpayers rants, come place 100 flags – if you are not a fan, please come place 200!! And if you haven’t met me, or Nancy, or Joanne, or Fran and wonder who the heck we all are, here’s your chance to say “hi”!!!!
    Hey Nancy, maybe we can get the whole group of Nancy-iacs to show up!!!!!

  2. Joanne Romano

    Thanks Diane..Fran is definately an unsung hero in her never ending support of our troops and Veterans. Thankfully Fran and I have teamed up for many years to not only assure that our deceased veterans are honored each year but also in assuring that my fundraisers for our troops reach our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan each and every year through the generosity of Northrop Grumman who will be sorely missed in Norwalk!

  3. EastNorwalkChick

    @Diane C2 and Joanne, I’m in….this year I finally have time! Thanks to all of you who have done it every year, it is heartwarming when I go to my father’s grave at Riverside, a veteran of Korea, and see that someone cared enough to recognize his service every memorial day…Joanne, we see each other sometimes at the Dunkin Donuts at the mobile station, will e-mail you using the address that was listed in the letter to editor in the Hour.

    Looking forward to meeting all of you!

  4. Joanne Romano

    My e-mail is [email protected]

    I think I keep D&D in business 🙂

  5. Joanne Romano

    The response has been great. Still looking for
    More volunteers though whatever time you can give
    Would be great. We owe our veterans so much more
    For all they have done for not only us but future generations.

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