700+ flags symbolize service, sacrifice of Hancock Co. veterans

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GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Thousands paused in Indiana on Monday to remember and honor Hoosiers who gave their lives for our freedom.

Services like the one in Greenfield are an annual event, but also have a special meaning that comes from the heart. From the moment you approach Park Cemetery in Greenfield, you know Memorial Day is a special day.

“It takes a lot of work. By the time we picked up the flags and then put them up, it took about two hours,” said Dick Nolan, member of American Legion Post 119. “We had a lot of good help. But it takes a couple of hours to put them up.”

More than 700 full-sized flags were placed throughout the cemetery by American Legion Post 119 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2693.

The Mayor of Greenfield is himself a Marine veteran.

“Our flag is truly a symbol of freedom that we fight so diligently to protect,” he said.

Each flag is a symbol of the service and sacrifice of a Hancock County veteran.

“I’m remembering my husband Harold and my father Ed Limbaugh,” said Diana Rogers.

Rogers’ husband, Harold, served in Vietnam. Her dad, Ed, in World War II.

“Oh I think it’s very important. I think for people to realize what this stands for,” Rodgers said.

She brings her family, including grandson Jacob McLary, to the event every Memorial Day, so they don’t forget.

“I think how they were brave and made good sacrifices so that we could have freedom,” Jacob said.

The family pays tribute to the honor of the two men who fought for our freedom.

“My dad was the best man in the world. My grandpa was the same. They were just good men,” said Debbie McLary, Jacob’s mom.

Her dad and grandpa are men remembered by their family on the day of remembering. Doing what millions of Americans do on Memorial Day — saying thanks.

“As my mom said, they’ve loved God. They loved their country. They loved their family. And they were just good men,” Debbie said.

The flag display is officially known as The Avenue of Flags. It’s been a part of the Greenfield Memorial Day at Park Cemetery as long as anyone there on Monday can remember.

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