Flags fly high in Macomb for Veterans Day
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:02:33 GMT —
On a cool afternoon, waves of red white and blue warmed the hearts of visitors like Troy Rhoades and Ann Butcher.
"It's pretty impressive that such a small community as this puts on a display as this," Rhoades said. "On a day like today where you can come out here and see that number of flags and the number of people involved in it, it's something that really touches you."
Rhoades was one of dozens of volunteers with Flags of Love who spent Monday morning putting up more than 815 flags around Chandler Park for Veterans Day.
"We try to do this on every patriotic holiday," Rhoades said. "I've got two grandfathers up here and several uncles."
"With 800 and some flags, we don't know which flag it is, but we come to pay respect to them," Butcher said.
Butcher says several flags bare the names of her own family members.
"My father and his brother, they were both in Germany and then his brothers-in-law," Butcher said.
Butcher says she'll add to that number soon, with a flag dedicated to her brother. She brought her granddaughter to share her family's long line of service and sacrifice.
"We have to remember our history and we have to remember what these folks did, men and women and their families to keep ourselves free," Butcher said.
"It gives us the opportunity to instill in the younger generation the importance and the sacrifice that some of these young men and women had to endure," Rhoades said.
Volunteers met back at Chandler Park Monday evening to take the flags down, where they'll be stored until a later date. Often, local Boy Scouts will help restore old flags and name plates for service projects during the year.
Community members can buy a flag for about $50.