Monday, May 30, 2011

Avenue of Flags a Special Tradition in Honoring our Veterans at Broken Arrow Cemetary

Honoring our Veterans this Memorial Day

If you have never driven by Floral Haven Cemetary in Broken Arrow, the site of almost 3,000 American flags is a sobering reminder of those who have served our country and their sacrifices they made to keep us safe and strong at home.

Some of the flags at Floral Haven represent veterans buried at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens. Some represent those buried far away. These flags, which will be raised for display in Floral Haven's 39th annual Avenue of Flags beginning Friday, have seen it all. Many are the casket flags carried with the deceased during their funerals, and some have been raised and lowered over the burial grounds for decades.
"It actually started back in '72 when a widow brought her husband's flag in and asked if there was any way to fly it because she didn't have a way to," said Stephen Moeller, director of community relations at Floral Haven, 6420 S. 129th East Ave. "So we flew it on a little pole that year, and people saw it, asked questions, and the Avenue of Flags was born."
This year, the avenue will include 118 new flags for veterans who died within the last year.

Linda Smalley, South Tulsa Office

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