6,000 flags fly at Memorial Day tribute | News
AMELIA, VA (WWBT)- A community effort makes this truly a Memorial Day to cherish. Today in Amelia, a moving tribute as hundreds of people honored veterans and their service.
This was all thanks to volunteers who made sure each grave was marked by flags, and each life, remembered.
As people remember America's fallen war heroes, the flags sway in the wind serving as a backdrop for the Memorial Day tribute at the Virginia Veteran's Cemetery in Amelia.
"You have moments when you're fighting back the tears," said Organizer and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Raymond Gallagher.
All 3,000 headstones have two flags: the American Flag and the service flag which resemble each military branch — Navy blue, Marine Corps red, Army white.
Pam Blevins' husband served in the Army in Germany. He died nearly shortly after Memorial Day two years ago.
"The flag means everything to me," said Blevins.
This is the first year service flags accompanied the American flag. Blevins wants to keep the image alive forever.
Raymond Gallagher has been working on this project for quite some time. This year, he made the sea of 6,000 flags possible through donations and volunteers
"The response of the people in the community and the businesses and so forth has been absolutely overwhelming," Gallagher noted.
The idea inspired Gallagher after he lost his father at the end of WWII. Families and loved ones out here can't express their gratitude enough.
Close to 1,000 people showed up for this year's ceremony. It's one of the biggest turnouts so far.
The flags will stay on the graves until Tuesday. The flags should be back out on July 4 and Veteran's Day.
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