As Cameron Hall placed a U.S. flag in the marker at his great grandfather Ronald Hall’s grave, his brother Cameron and parents Buster and Stacey Hall watched silently.
They paused briefly at the site of the World War II veteran before moving on to another gravestone.
The family was among 50 people — veterans, Homer residents, American Legion Auxiliary members and Cub and Boy Scouts — who spent about an hour placing flags at veterans’ graves at Glenwood Cemetery in Homer.
It is part of Burns-McCauliffe American Legion Post 465 in Homer’s Memorial Day tradition — one that’s been going on for close to a century, said Homer resident Mike McDermott, the incoming commander of the New York State American Legion.
“It’s been eight years for our family,” Stacey Hall said. “We also participate with the Legion in the parade.”
Glenwood isn’t the only cemetery the Legion places flags at, rather the organization usually plants 16,000 flags each year at Homer cemeteries. A Legionnaire also places flags at the cemetery in Scott.
“It’s a very special thing and the kids learn about the veterans,” Mc- Dermott said.
Other events set for Memorial Day in the greater Cortland Area include:
• Cincinnatus area — 8 a.m., German Cemetery; 8:30, Willet Cemetery; 9, Lower Cincinnatus Cemetery; 9:30, Cincinnatus village green; 9:45, Cincinnatus Cemetery; 10:15, Taylor Cemetery; 10:45, Pitcher; Cemetery 11:15, Pharsalia Center Cemetery.
• Cortland — 11 a.m., ceremonies at Veterans of Foreign Wars, 76 Main St.; noon, ceremonies at Courthouse Park.
• Dryden — 10:30 a.m., parade starts at Highland Drive, followed by ceremonies at the village green and noon lunch at the Veterans Memorial Home.
• Groton area — 9 a.m., Graves Memorial, Main Street; 9:15, Bird Cemetery; 9:30, North Lansing; 9:45, West Groton; 10, Peruville; 10:15, Stonehedges; 11, McLean; 11:15, East Groton/Route 222; 11:30, St. Anthony’s Church; 11:45, Groton Rural Cemetery; noon, nursing home; 12:15 p.m., Carrington-Fuller American Legion Post.
• Homer — 8:30 a.m., parade forms at North Main Street and Elm Avenue; 9, parade to Glenwood Cemetery for ceremony. Children are invited to ride their decorated bikes and bring flowers to the cemetery. Refreshments at Burns-McCauliffe American Legion Post 465 home following parade.
• Marathon — 10 a.m., high school auditorium, wreath laying and parade to cemetery.
• McGraw — 9 a.m., parade forms in high school parking lot; 9:30, parade; 10, ceremonies at Lamont Memorial Free Library and veterans monument. In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will be 9:30 a.m. at the high school auditorium.
• Preble — 11 a.m., parade and ceremony at the boulder on Preble Road, followed by a parade to Elmwood Cemetery on Route 281.
• Scott — 11 a.m., the Town of Scott historian will host a presentation and public sing followed by an honor ceremony at the Scott Union Cemetery, Route 41.
• Truxton — 10 a.m., parade from John McGraw Monument to Truxton Rural Cemetery. 11 a.m., chicken barbecue.