Intended to honor deceased veterans and current military personnel as a patriotic symbol during Memorial Day weekend, the Sutton Avenue of Flags, instead, was a cause for concern among VFW and American Legion members, as well as the general public.
Before the holiday, flags are set up in the cemetery that Saturday morning, and flags are also hung on the light poles on Highway 6. Due to the storm over Memorial Day weekend this year, heavy rains and high winds damaged many of the flags.
The Legion and Legion Auxiliary are now looking for help to replace those torn and tattered flags.
“Our goal is to ask the citizens, businesses and organizations to consider adopting a flag,” Sutton American Legion Finance Officer Fred Figi said.
Figi estimated that about 60 percent of the flags were damaged. With 126 flags around the cemetery and 54 flags hung on Highway 6, it has affected a lot of flags.
“It’s a lot of flags to maintain,” Figi noted, “and the Legion has a limited source of income.”
To read the full story, see this week's issue of the Clay County News (6/6/12)