Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Avenue of the Flags

Each Memorial Day and Veterans Day, a sleepy cemetery on Broad St. comes alive, its gravel roads lined in a sea of red, white and blue.

842 flags will adorn Orange Grove-Graceland Cemetery tomorrow. A Lake Charles tradition, Avenue of the Flags began in 1983 by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). They consider this event to be the largest display of veterans’ flags in the United States. Also called memorial or casket flags, these flags are given to relatives at a veteran’s funeral. Families often donate these flags to SAR. Their collection grows each year. SAR numbers every flag and records information about each veteran so visitors can locate individual veterans’ flags on a cemetery map.

If you’re in the Lake Charles area tomorrow, it’s worth the drive through. Makes one’s heart swell with patriotic pride.

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