Moberly Flies 150 Flags For Vets

8 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, May 27 2010 May 27, 2010 Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:31:19 PM CDT May 27, 2010 in News
Moberly’s Veteran Flag Project started in 2009 and the community raises the flags every 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s Day.

Each sponsor paid $150 for a flag, which comes with a plaque bearing the name of the veteran, the branch of service, and service dates.

Organizers have received sponsorships for 144 of the 150 flags they put up this year.

Dorothy Latson of Moberly’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post says classmates, families, and businesses have sponsored flags.

“It’s very touching. There’s something about seeing 150 fullsize flags flying in one place,” said Latson.

She said the VFA wants to remind the public that Memorial Day has more significance than the traditional barbecues.

“The reason Memorial Day became a holiday in the first place was to honor the war dead,“ said Latson. “It was not begun as a day off of work to have a party atmosphere.”

Latson says she recognizes most of the public considers Memorial Day to be the start of the summer holiday, but she wants people to take time this year to remember those who served and died at war.

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