Montgomery County will honor the fallen veterans on Remembrance Day with 62,000 flags
NARYSTOWN – Veterans who have made the greatest sacrifice to serve their country will be honored in Montgomery County on Remembrance Day.
The American flags will be placed near the Montgomery County Courthouse and on graves throughout Montgomery County, said Office of Veterans Affairs administrator Dennis Miller.
More than 62,000 flags will be issued to more than 60 organizations, according to Miller, who said it was “the most we’ve ever distributed.” He added that the flags will be placed by volunteers of these organizations in more than 200 cemeteries.
“Most of the flags will be hoisted this weekend, with several taking place on Remembrance Day,” Miller told a Montgomery County Board of Commissioners meeting on May 19.
Remembrance Day will take place on Monday. More information and the location of the flags can be found on the Montgomery County Veterans Affairs website at www.montcopa.org/266/Veterans-Affairs. Anyone interested in getting a “flag holder” can also apply online or by calling 610-278-3285.
Miller stressed that Remembrance Day is a grim occasion for servicemen to commemorate their fallen comrades. He encouraged people to observe accordingly.
“For veterans, Remembrance Day is a solemn day of remembrance,” he said. “We see a lot of material with Remembrance Day and … I don’t know about Remembrance Day.”
“Maybe if you say ‘Remembrance Day’?” This is important because for me and for many veterans I know this is the day when my deceased comrades… are with me all day. So for us it is a solemn day, ”he continued. “I just wanted to lay it out.”
In addition, Miller said each flag housed in the district court building would symbolize 1,000 veterans listed in the agency’s database. He noted that not all places of the last rest of the veterans are in the cemetery.
“Some of them – their ashes are scattered or they are lying on the mantelpiece in someone’s house – they also need a flag,” Miller said. “That’s why these 78 are to make sure we’re all covered.” According to a county representative, the flags will be hoisted at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
County commissioners thanked Miller for his efforts.
“Sir, Miller, thank you very much and thank you for the incredible advocacy you have done throughout our constituency,” said Commissioner Val Arkush. , and I’m grateful for that. “
Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale agreed.
“Thank you for what you are doing to honor our fallen heroes,” he said.
In a separate press release, the Whitemars Memorial Park announced the opportunity to honor this day of remembrance at the cemetery, 1169 Limekiln Pike, Ambler. The ceremonies will be held Saturday at 9 a.m .; 14.00 on Sunday and from 9.00 to 16.00 on Remembrance Day. More than 2,000 flags are expected to be placed on the graves over the weekend. Another 400 flags will also be displayed along Avenue of Flags at Whitemarch Memorial Park, a spokeswoman said.