Avenue of Flags Needs Volunteers for Memorial Day
We see it twice a year. Each year on Veteran's Day and again on Memorial Day, 900 casket flags representing U.S. military veterans goes on display in Lake Charles at the Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery. Of course, the job of putting up all those flags can be quite daunting and many volunteers are needed to make that happen. The display is coordinated each year by the Sons of the American Revolution.
According to Kevin Cooley of the Sons of the American Legion
"The flags are so large and so sacred, it's hard to display a flag like this at your home.” The families are very eager to come bring those flags to us, so they can come out twice a year and see their family members flag fly."
Each flag is numbered and catalogued, so visitors and family members can tell where their veteran's flag is located.
Ted Harliss added:
“People just love walking through, driving through. We have buses of people who come through from out of town, from Shreveport. They'll come from Texas. They just love coming and seeing the Avenue."
I know that Lake Charles is a very patriotic community and this is a great opportunity to show your patriotism and to show you support for our military and those who gave their lives for our freedom.
If you'd like to help set-up the Avenue of Flags, you're asked to just show up at Orange Grove Graceland cemetery on Monday, May 30th at 6 a-m. They'll also need help taking down the 975 flags that afternoon. For more information on the Avenue of Flags, contact Harless or Cooley at (337) 436-8940.