Honoring the Brave: Local Organization Invites Community to Join in Flag Display Nov. 11

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Several local service, heritage, historical and patriotic organizations will place U.S. Flags at two local cemeteries for Veteran’s Day. Community members of all ages are invited to assist placing the flags to honor veterans.

National Sojourners, Brazos Valley Chapter, started the flag placements in the 1970s. The flag displays are a way unique to honor veterans according David Fuller, president of Sojourners.

“Day after day, confronted with dissension and conflict and contempt for our nation and its flag, honoring those who served under this nation’s banner assumes a much greater significance,” says Fuller. “Our simple gesture of honor and respect to those fallen in service to our country and others overcome by the weight of time, affirms that none are forgotten, but gently remembered.  We do this by taking a few minutes of our time for reflection and marking their grave in honor with ‘old Glory.’ ”

The flags help show respect and acknowledge that the veterans’ contributions to our national security are remembered and to underscore the fact that all those who served have sacrificed and done their duty. Veteran’s Day is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. These brave American servicemen and women are patriotic, have a love of country, and a willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 8:30am – College Station Cemetery, 2530 Texas Avenue South, College Station
The flags are given by the National Sojourners. Families, youth, and community groups may help place more than 900 flags. Ellen Horner, assisted by Terry Massey and by Bob and Jane Cohen, coordinates the flag memorial placements and maintains the list of veterans to honor.

Friday, Nov. 10, 2pm – Aggie Field of Honor, 3800 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy, College Station.
Sojourners will place flags. Flags will be placed during the week of Nov. 5-11 at Oakwood Cemetery, Hwy 21 & 19th/West MLK St and Bryan City Cemetery, 111 S Texas Ave, Bryan. Families may assist in placing flags on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8:30am. The flags have been donated by DAR-William Scott chapter, National Sojourners, and Wreaths Across America-Gold Star Help. Volunteers from Marine Corps League, Student Veterans Associations of Blinn College and Texas A&M University, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Groups helping with flag placement include:

  • Ellen Horner is Flag Coordinator, College Station
  • David Fuller is President of Brazos Valley Chapter of National Sojourners.
  • Henry Hill is Secretary of Brazos Valley Chapter of National Sojourners.
  • John Hale is Commander of Heroes of ’76 of National Sojourners.
  • George Nelson is President of Independence Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution.
  • Shawn Carlson is Regent of the La Villita Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • Mary Shearer is Regent of the William Scott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • Melissa Craig is Regent of Come and Take It Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • Laura Harding is Senior President of Brazos De Dios Society of Children of the American Revolution.
  • Ryan Hogan is Master of Sul Ross Masonic Lodge.
  • Shelby Rowan is President of Texas Research Ramblers Genealogical Society.
  • Ellen Fuller is Wreaths Across America College Station/Bryan/Brazos Valley Volunteer Co-Chair
  • The assistance from the College Station and Bryan Parks & Rec teams is greatly appreciated.

Veteran’s Day is a United States federal holiday observed on Nov. 11 to commemorate U.S. soldiers who served in the military service in all wars in service to our country. The National Sojourners, Brazos Valley Chapter, encourage everyone to take the time to be thankful for freedom and right to vote. The organization says the American tradition includes an obligation to remember and honor the sacrifices made by our nation’s military men and women to earn our freedom and to assure our safety and right to vote.

Veterans Day is intended to honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. Community members and families are invited to help honor veterans through this unique event.