George Kafcopoulos walked down the aisles of St. John's Cemetery Saturday laden with flags and looking for stones that marked the graves of veterans. He's done that before, but never in Norwalk. "I just felt particularly emotional about this year and I wanted to take part," he said of the annual effort to put up fresh flags as markers for those who served their country.
About 30 volunteers took part in the tribute, organized by Frances DiMeglio, manager of communications at Northrop Grumman Corporation Electronic Systems. She said it is the 11th year the company has sponsored the placing of flags.
DiMeglio said there are 5,000 veterans buried in Norwalk, 3,500 of them at St. John's. "We start here, and then we do the smaller cemeteries," she said.
Norwalk resident Kafcopoulos said he has honored veterans graves for years, but in Redding. He was inspired to do that after reading "We Were Soldiers Once," the story of a Vietnam War battle. He learned that one of the soldiers who died in the battle, John Lance "Jack" Geoghegan , was from Redding and buried in a cemetery there. "I went there, I saw his grave," he said. He also met Geoghegan's wife. "She was a wonderful woman," he said.
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