For more than 30 years, American flags have been placed at the College Station Cemetery on Memorial Day and Veterans Day to honor those who have served our country.
This year, due to coronavirus concerns, the group will not get together to place the flags.
Larry Potts, President-elect of the National Sojourners chapter, says it was a tough decision to make, and he suggests citizens putting flags out at their homes this Memorial Day to honor those fallen in service.
The group also places the flags on Veterans Day and Potts hopes by November, they will be able to do it again.
News release from Jane Cohen:
Flags will not be placed on Monday, May 25, at the local College Station Cemetery on Texas Avenue.
While we have appreciated the community support in placing flags, because of corona virus safety precautions, we will not be placing flags as a group at the local College Station cemetery for Memorial Day.
We encourage the community members, youth and local service, heritage, historical and patriotic organizations to individually reflect and remember those who helped America be free and enjoy the freedoms we have today. Fly your U.S. Flag in their honor on Memorial Day to remember those fallen in service to our country and affirm that none are forgotten, but gently remembered. .
Ellen Horner, assisted by Terry Massey, Bob & Jane Cohen, Larry Potts, coordinates the over 900 flag memorials, helps with procedures, and maintains the list of veterans to honor, in cooperation with the College Station Parks and Recreation Cemetery staff. The flags are given by the National Sojourners.
Groups who usually help with flag placement include:
Ellen Horner is Flag Coordinator, College Station
Ken Graalum is President of Brazos Valley Chapter of National Sojourners.
Henry Hill is Secretary of Brazos Valley Chapter of National Sojourners.
Larry Potts is Commander of Heroes of ’76 of National Sojourners.
Ken Graalum is President of Independence Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution.
Brandon Gaines is Vice President of Independence Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution.
Andra Buxkemper is Regent of the La Villita Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Barbara White is Regent of the William Scott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Pamela Marshall is Regent of Come and Take It Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Laura Harding is Senior President of Brazos De Dios Society of Children of the American Revolution.
James Hagan is Master of Sul Ross Masonic Lodge.
Shelby Rowan is President of Texas Research Ramblers Genealogical Society.
Ellen Fuller is Wreaths Across America College Station/Bryan/Brazos Valley Volunteer Co-Chair.
The U.S. flags have been placed for more than 30 years on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, to honor those who served in the military for our country and in respect to acknowledge that the veterans’ contributions to our national security are appreciated and to underscore the fact that all those who served have sacrificed and done their duty.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May to commemorate U.S. military men and women who died in all wars in service to our country. Memorial Day is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. Take the time to be thankful for freedom and our right to vote. Our American tradition includes an obligation to remember and honor the sacrifices made by our military men and women to assure our freedom, safety and right to vote.
Flying a US Flag helps show respect and acknowledges that the veterans’ contributions to our national security are remembered and to underscore the fact that all those who served have sacrificed and done their duty.