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Memorial Day Flags

posted May 20, 2019, 3:30 PM by Bradley Wertz
Hello All,

Memorial Day is rapidly approaching and we have a bit of work ahead of us to get ready.

On Friday, May 24th at 7:00AM we will be meeting at Cedarvale Cemetery on Golden Ave. at the flagpole to start putting out 1,011 flags - just in Cedarvale!  If we have enough volunteers we should be able to finish everything in about 1 1/2 or 2 hours at the most. 

Bay City American Legion Post 11 has agreed to take over the responsibility of caring for all the veterans interred at Eastview Cemetery starting this year.  Our post provided them with 325 flags, 4 carry bags, clipboards and pens and my assurance they would be provided an updated cemetery list every year.  At the present time there are 296 identified veterans at Eastview.

After we are finished at Cedarvale some of us will drive down to Matagorda and place the flags at that cemetery.  This year we have 286 identified veterans there. 

Combining the two cemeteries we will have a total of 1,297 flags to place this year.  Had AL Post 11 not agreed to take over Eastview, we would be looking at 1,593 flags.

On Monday, May 27th we will be holding a Sunset Memorial Day Service at 7:45PM at the Cedarvale Cemetery flagpole. Due to the heat we moved to a sunset service several years ago, and it is a lot more pleasant. If you are in the area, please come out and join us.

Then, on Tuesday, May 28th starting at 5PM, we will begin picking up all the flags from Cedarvale and Matagorda. For those of you who haven't done this before, we have tried to make it easy for you to identify our flags and not take someone's privately purchased flag.  We have used either green, black or white paint sprayed on the staff (wooden stick) of each of our flags.  If the flag on the grave does not have one of those colors spayed on it, then we leave it behind for the family that placed it there - it's not ours to take.

This year our speaker will be Post Life Member Tom Quirk.

With Kindest Regards,
      Ken Thames