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Students, Civic Groups Join 'The Bob Palmer Project' to Honor Deceased Veterans

Brewster's Bob Palmer gets help placing flags on veterans' graves.

For decades World War II veteran Bob Palmer of Brewster has been placing flags on the graves of veterans buried in all 12 cemeteries in the Town of Southeast. At 92 years old, he needed some help.

Through the of teacher Rob Gallacher and Marine Corps veteran Jack Duncan, students from the high school and middle school came out to help along with boy scouts, girl scouts, cubscouts, The Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Elks and Veteran's organizations, placing 341 American flags at the graves of veterans buried in the Milltown Cemetery alone Saturday morning.

"More than 1,200 veterans are buried in the town's cemeteries and unfortunately, that number is growing," Duncan said. "There aren't many WW II vets left and now we're starting to lose a lot of Korean War guys. Plus we have two wars going on right now."

Gallacher brought Palmer out to Milltown where he and Duncan gave students a history lesson about who was buried in the cemetery and their significance to the history of the town. 

Other groups were assigned to other cemeteries performing the task which Palmer had done by himself, grave by grave in each cemetery for years. Duncan nicknamed the event "The Bob Palmer Project" and hopes to continue it as a community effort from now on.

Donald A Mituzas April 29, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I was driving down Milltown Road yesterday and noticed a number of you people in the cemetery with American flags. It was nice to see this was being done.
Oram Security Consultants April 29, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Outstanding. Glad to see Mr. Palmer getting the support to continue this task. Thank you for your service Sir, and thank you to those who are carrying on this noble task. Semper Fi A Marine Veteran
Jack Duncan April 30, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the "The Bob Palmer Project" The Brewster Elks / Rob Gallacher (BHS) with the Semper Fi' Club / Art Holtzman (BMS) with the Junior Honor Society / Brewster Knights of Columbus / Brewster Lions Club / Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) / Scouts from Brewster Boy Scouts Troop One (Leaders Ken VonBargen- Keith Greene- Perry Verino-Carla Scipioni) Eagle Scouts Win Green & Jimmy Duncan- Cub Scouts from Pack One & 119 / HUGE thanks to ALL the Brewster Girl Scout Troops who stepped up BIG/ Steve Mattson , Harry Sherbom / Ed Todd and everyone from our Brewster VFW- The Brewster Community- And to Bob Palmer who has "LED the Way" Semper Fi Jack Duncan
Ashley Tarr (Editor) April 30, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Passed by Milltown Cemetery today — very moving.

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