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Flags at Oak Hill lighted Memorial Day weekend

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Keeping it nice - Each spring, as Memorial Day approaches, local resident Orville Saxby takes it upon himself to see that the entrance to the Oak Hill Cemetery is nicely decorated with fresh flowers for what used to be called "Decoration Day." Photo by Dan Whitney
On Friday, May 28 the Cherokee VFW L.A. Wescott Post #2253 will be once again be putting up flags at the Cherokee Oak Hill Cemetery.

In the past the VFW has put the flags up in the morning and taken them down in the evening.

This year they will be putting the flags up about 1 p.m. on Friday and that evening the flags will be illuminated with lights that were donated by Christensen Brothers. The illuminated flags will be on display during the entire Memorial Day weekend.

Post Commander Richard Waterbury stated, "This will give people an opportunity to view the flags during the weekend. Due to so much activity going on, it was decided to fly the flags throughout the weekend after some people complained of not getting to see them," continued Waterbury.

Waterbury also pointed out that people should know that there are approximately 200 flags that are put up every year and are rotated until all have been displayed. The flags are numbered when they are dedicated and those flags that are left with the VFW are the ones that will be displayed.

"Some people request to take their flags home. We ask for your patience, help, and support in putting up the flags and taking them down. Let us all remember those who have passed on before us. May God bless our Veterans and cherish the memories of loved ones," said Waterbury.

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