May 24, 2018

The Carroll American Legion post is welcoming volunteers to help with the display of American flags in the Carroll Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Legion members and volunteers will begin placing small flags at all gravestones of the more than 800 military veterans buried at the cemetery. Legion members say that the more volunteers who help, the faster the task can be completed and the less likely a veteran’s grave will be missed. The project begins on the north side of the cemetery and proceeds south.

On Memorial Day, volunteers are invited to help with the Avenue of Flags, where full-size flags on poles are placed along roads throughout the cemetery.

The flags will be put up beginning at 6 a.m. and taken down starting at 5 p.m.

Nearly 600 flags will be displayed. Flags are added to the display whenever a veteran’s family donates the casket flag back to the Legion. However, if a family prefers to keep that flag, they may purchase a flag for $50 and pole for $40 for the display. It’s a one-time $90 charge.

The names of veterans represented in the Avenue of Flags are recited during the Memorial Day program in the cemetery. That program will commence Monday morning following the 10:30 a.m. parade on First Street from Southside Park to the cemetery.

Legion Commander Tony Konkler will read the names of 13 veterans who’ve been added to the Avenue in the last year. Legion member Rick Keat will recite the names of 586 veterans who were already represented in the Avenue.

Guest speaker at the ceremony will be Carroll County Sheriff Ken Pingrey. In addition, Nicholas Brower-Houlihan will read his winning entry in the Carroll Legion’s flag-essay contest, which was open to all fifth-graders at Kuemper Catholic School’s St. Angela Center.