As preparation for Memorial Day services near, an annual rite will celebrate its 30th year anniversary with the raising of the Avenue of Flags. Since 1983, 201 American flags have lined the driveways at West View Cemetery in La Porte City. Each flag pole bears a brass tag near the base of the cement listing the flag number, the name of person(s) honored and donor(s). A map was prepared by U.S.S. San Diego American Legion Post #207 Adjutant (1983), Raymond E. Johnson. A complete record of names are listed below.
With a Memorial Day service to be conducted at West View Cemetery, members of American Legion U.S.S. San Diego Post #207 and V.F.W. #3983 are seeking assistance with the raising of the “Avenue of the Flags.” Volunteering for this important task is one way to make Memorial Day a more meaningful holiday and honor those who have served their country.
The raising of the flags will commence at 6 PM at West View Cemetery on Thursday, May 23. Volunteers need not be a Legion or VFW member. Silver cord service hours are available for Union Community School District students.
Help will also be needed to lower the flags at 6 PM on Tuesday, May 28.
The American Legion and V.F.W. also welcomes monetary donations to help defray costs in maintaining the Avenue of the Flags, which includes the repainting of flag poles and replacement of damaged and worn out flags. To make a donation, send a check to the post home at 302 Cedar Street, La Porte City, IA 50651 and designate that it be used for Avenue of the Flags maintenance.