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Flags Flying for Veterans In Morrilton Today

A special display of hundreds of American flags recognizes local veterans.
MORRILTON, AR -- A display of American flags honoring veterans -- in Morrilton -- grows every year.

This Fourth of July the display is the biggest yet.

Commander Albert Wren, with VFW Post 4453, said, "I can't say enough about it."

Seven years ago, the VFW Post 4453 created the Veterans Walk of Flags in Morrilton starting with less than 50 American flags.

Commander Wren said, "Yeah, it's pride."

Veterans' family members can buy a flag for $100 with their loved ones name on the pole.

The flags are then placed on a path in Morrilton near St. Vincent Hospital for the 4th of July and six other patriotic holidays during the year.

Early this morning, it took ten volunteers about an hour and a half to put up the flags, and now there are 700 of them flying in honor of out veterans.

Sharon Wilson comes from a background rich with military history and helped to buy 11 flags for family members.

She said, "We have six uncles, three of my cousins, my father-in-law and my dad."

Wilson's father served in the Marines in the 1950's and passed away just a couple years ago.

She said, "It was just really sad. Mom and I just really cried but we were glad we could honor him."

Wilson says her father's memory and name live on through a flag they bought years ago.

She said, "It's absolutely a breathtaking experience."

And as the day comes to a close, on this 4th of July, the flags are carefully put back away until their next appearance in Morrilton, which is in September 19th for POW/MIA Remembrance Day.

The $100 paid for the flags also provides insurance on the flags and helps to cover the costs of trailers where the flags and poles are stored.

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