The American flags that fly over the cemetery on special occasions, such as Memorial Day weekend, are currently stored in a corner of one of the old hangers at the Burwell airport and are sometimes damaged by water that leaks into the building. Started in 1992 with just 74 flags purchased with donations, the avenue of flags collection is now up to 385 and creates a stunning display in memory of our veterans.
The planned new 22 x 60 foot facility, which will be built at the cemetery on land donated by the city, will provide a secure structure for the flags and storage trailers and make it easier for community volunteers to access the flags for various occasions.
Since plans for the new building were announced last year, $15,250 has been raised for the expected $30,000 building – with projected costs being lowered by volunteer labor. It is hoped that this fundraising supper event will help make it possible to move forward on the new building this year.
Questions about the flag storage building project can be directed to Rita at 346-5144 or 214-0518.
Photo Attached (by Meriam Sawyer):
Impressive display of American flags flying over Burwell’s Cottonwood Cemetery on Memorial Day.