LEICESTER, Mass. — Residents driving through centers of Leicester and Rochdale throughout the summer, until this past week, would have noticed their commute decorated with the stars and stripes of the American flag — a tradition the Leicester VFW, Rochdale Post 7556 has continued for decades.
According to Dave McGrath, "for the past 20 years (the Post 7556) has made the displaying of our U.S. flags a tradition that the Post has proudly sustained and plans to continue."
This year there were approximately 80 flags displayed in town since before Memorial Day until just after the Fourth of July.
"The flags are on display to honor these holidays and all our veterans, past and present, who served our country to protect us and our way of life," said McGrath.
On Thursday, July 12, members of the Rochdale VFW Post 7556 removed the U.S. flags that have been lining the centers of Leicester and Rochdale.
"The post would like to thank all the people and organizations that helped make the displaying of our flags possible through their donations of flags and money – this year and years past," said McGrath.
The Post also extends thanks to Jay Stolberg of J.B.S. Landscaping and Tree Service, who assisted Post members Ron Barrus and John Colby with the task of removing the flags.
Additionally, the Post said it is grateful to the Leicester Police department, the chief and his officers, for providing a cruiser and officer for the security detail.