Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Avenue of the Flags-Veterans' Day

I awoke before first light this morning and met the scouts, 6:00 AM, at Orange Grove-Graceland Cemetery for the bi-annual (Memorial Day and Veterans' Day) Avenue of the Flags event for a Boys' Life story I'm writing. Sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution, scouts have been hoisting these veterans' casket flags for 25 years. The flags are donated by families.

Orange Grove-Graceland Cemetery would be impressive even without the flags. Crumbling tombstones date back to the 1800s. Moss and vines cover elaborate crypts. Ancient live oaks create canopies over the acres of peaceful plots. But today, with 760 flags lining the winding gravel roadways, the cemetery presents a poignant patriotic picture. I'm told this is the largest display of veterans' casket flags in the country.

Today we honor all those who have served our country. Thank you.


leafmonster said...

Thanks for honoring all veterans and these scouts by telling their story. I love the photos, especially the one of the rising(?) sun with the flag in the foreground.

Angie said...

Yep, that's the sunrise. It was a beautiful day.

非凡 said...

I'm appreciate your writing skill.Please keep on working hard.^^