The 38th Avenue of Flags exhibit will be on view this Thursday on Veterans Day and 1,108 military coffin flags will be displayed in Orange Grove-Graceland Cemetery, 2023 Broad St.
Flags are set up at 6:00 a.m. and taken down again at 4:00 p.m. The residents can walk, cycle or drive through the exhibition.
“That’s what makes the display so unique,” says Ted Harless, director of Avenue of Flags. “There can be at least 1,000 cars driving through there.”
Avenue of Flags will also be installed for Memorial Day, with the display made up of flags donated by families of fallen soldiers. He said the flags represent veterans of all branches of the military who served the United States and may not have fought in a war.
“We have a lot of 48-star flags and we still get them,” said Harless. “We have flags of soldiers who died in the first days of World War II and World War I.”
New to this year’s exhibit is a history walk that will feature roughly eight different American flags, Harless said. Each flag has a placard with a description and a QR code that can be scanned to learn more about its history.
Harless said the history walk was not possible in years past because the street in the cemetery had older oak trees with low-hanging branches that made it difficult to display the flags. Hurricane Laura’s Category 4 winds uprooted many trees throughout the cemetery and enabled the 9.5-foot flags and 12-foot masts to be installed along the road. He said the history walk was an Eagle Scouts project.
Harless said he is looking for 200 volunteers at a time to install and remove the flags. He said it takes an hour to install the flags while it takes 90 minutes to dismantle them.
Those who want to volunteer or donate to the event can call Harless at 309-9455.