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Flying Flags: Trumbull Historical Society Seeks Help To Honor Veterans

The Trumbull Historical Society is seeking donations to buy U.S. flags to place on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day.
The Trumbull Historical Society is seeking donations to buy U.S. flags to place on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day. Photo Credit: Trumbull Historical Society

TRUMBULL, Conn. — The Trumbull Historical Society is asking for help in keeping alive a nearly century-old tradition of placing flags of veterans graves for Memorial Day.

"In the past the flags have been generously paid for by the Town of Trumbull, but this year the society has been informed that the Town cannot afford the approximately $200 for the cost of the flags," said a Facebook post from the Trumbull Historical Society.

"Our volunteer chair, who has been leading this program for over 30 years, was informed this past Tuesday morning, leaving us very little time to raise funds, order the flags,and get them out to our teams to be placed on each veterans’ grave by Memorial Day," the post said.

The tradition of placing flags on the graves of Trumbull veterans of the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Civil War started nearly 100 years ago by Arthur Plumb. The tradition was continued by his daughter, Helen Plumb, a Trumbull town clerk for 44 years.

Dedicated volunteers associated with the Trumbull Historical Society have carried on this town tradition for Memorial Day.

"Any assistance you can give in funding this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated to help honor our Trumbull veterans," said the Facebook post.

One person posted this reply on Facebook: "That's about the saddest thing I have heard yet. The town of Trumbull can't afford $200 to honor it's veterans? Shame on the Town of Trumbull."

Donations can be sent to Trumbull Historical Society, PO Box 312, Trumbull CT 06611.

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