Placing flags in Blue Point

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Local youth, Joseph, 10; Aiden, 13; and Charlie, 14, continued an important tradition to the community of Blue Point, one that they learned about from beloved town historian, Gene Horton.

Prior to his death in 2019, Horton led the community in placing flags on veterans’ headstones in the Blue Point Cemetery.

The three young men have decided to carry on this tradition and for Memorial Day decorated the graves with American flags. One was even placed on Horton’s own headstone.

“I like to carry on a legacy and showing respect to veterans who lost their lives as Gene Horton used to,” said Joseph.

Denise Caperna, a parent of one of the children who has participated in this flag placement at the Blue Point Cemetery each year, said, “I am extremely proud of this group’s efforts. Each year, my son will ask me, ‘When are we doing the flags?’ It is important to teach the future generations that while you are enjoying the rights and privileges within our nation, they are fought for and protected almost on a daily basis,” adding, “we as a family donate to various organizations to show our support to our servicemen and women and will make and send cards and care packages to the troops around the holidays. It is important to identify these individuals who help protect our country and freedom on a daily basis. It is my hope that these children will continue with this tradition of the flag placement at Blue Point, as Mr. Horton wished.”

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