CHESTER, Ohio – In the days of the coronavirus, things have not been the same. Things have been changed, and that has included gathering of groups. Across the nation, Boy Scout troops and others that have normally gathered before Memorial Day to place American flags at the graves of veterans and those who died in service. This year, some of those organizations were not able to gather to place flags in various locations across the country. Locally, one woman noticed that there were graves in a cemetery that did not have flags, so she did something about it.
Veterans graves at the Chester Cemetery did not have flags. JoAnne Newsome took notice and took action. Newsome acquired the flags and then organized people to help place. She did not want the those that served to be forgotten.
Those helping her to place American flags were Harley Johnson, his great grandson Bryer Holley, Betty VanMatre, Jerry Frederick, Marge Fetty, Carol Erwin, Kay Bailey, Peyton and Ella Bailey.