7/4/17 This is just a small part of the Avenue of Flags in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Many people drive through it each time which is an amazing sight in and of itself, but I suggest at least one time to walk it. Reading the names on each flag pole of the deceased Cape Girardeau County veterans brings a different perspective of the enormity of sacrifice gifted by individuals for our freedom. In 2017, 621 flags were displayed.
7/4/17 As I was walking the Cape Girardeau Avenue of Flags this morning, I noticed one flag that seemed to be more worn than the other flags. It made me think of the physically and mentally worn out soldiers who give their every and all each and every day so unselfishly. The texture of the linen, the way I could see through the fabric, and the unraveling of the stitches, reminds me that soldiers are in the here and now, at this very moment exemplifying strength through adversity all over this world, for me, someone they do not know other than a fellow American. I wish to thank them today. I hope they can hear the hearts of thanks from their countrymen today.
Each name on a pole includes the campaign and date of death. The flags are flown 5 times a year, on Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Flag Day (June 4), Independence Day (July 4), Patriot Day (Sept 11), and Veterans Day (Nov 11). Some of the flags are the same ones that were draped over coffins. The Avenue of Flags is a coordinated effort between VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau and Cape Girardeau County. The Avenue of Flags began Memorial Day 1987.
The Avenue of Flags, each with a deceased veterans name, gets long and longer. It now wraps around to the main road at Cape County Park north. I could spy the holes ready for future flags, which spoke volumes.
These photos were taken July 4, 2010.