flags on graves of veterans
placed flags on graves since 2007
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (July 2011) Crestwood resident
Fred Moore has a very ambitious vision for the future: He would like
to see memorial flags placed in every state and foreign country where
American soldiers are buried.
Luckily, he is not alone in this endeavor. Moore has organized and is
executive director of Flags4Vets, a national organization that will
never let our heroes die.
As with many non-profits, Moore has a personal connection to his organization.
He, too, is a veteran, having served as a Medical Corpsman with the
First and Third Marine Division from 1968 to 1974. He sees Flags4Vets
as a continuation of taking care of our troops.
Countrys Fred Moore leads
the effort to honor those
who fought and died.
The organization has placed U.S. flags on the graves of
U.S. veterans in 28 states since its inception in 2007.
Moore, 62, is afraid people are going to forget how much our veterans
have sacrificed for their country. There are 25 national and federal
cemeteries in other countries, he said. These cemeteries contain the
bodies of troops that we couldnt bring home, so they were
And there are many veterans buried in the state of Kentucky that the
general public has no knowledge of as well. There is a huge federal
cemetery in the back of Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville that contains
6,000 graves, said Moore. The Michigan native co-chairs the Volunteer
Committee of the Congressional Medal of Honor Convention.
To the best of his knowledge, No flag has been placed on any of
these graves for Veterans Day in the history of Cave Hill Cemetery.
There are 550 to 600 graves that contain unknown soldiers. People
need to get together and change things or theyll forget.
Flags4Vets is responsible for raising money to buy the small flags that
volunteers place on veterans graves on Memorial Day and Labor
Day each year. With the current economy, its not easy to find
sponsors or donations, but every little bit helps the 501-c3 organization.
We need significant anchor sponsors, he said, to continue
the mission of flag placement. Humana and B.J.s Restaurant and
Brewhouse are major contributors to the organization, allowing Flags4Vets
to honor veterans each year.
The Louisville area has a data base of about 2600 volunteers, Moore
said. When its time for local cemeteries to be adorned with flags, many
volunteers come in from surrounding states to help with the task.
This past Memorial Day, We placed 35,000 flags in the letters
USA on the great lawn at Waterfront Park, covering an area
equivalent to six football fields, said volunteer Bill Carr. This
event, known as a Flag-In, was one of many in which he has
I have been an advocate for veterans affairs, both nationally
and on the state level for close to 50 years now, said Carr. He
has served on the organizations Advisory Board along with Heather
French Henry (Miss America 2000) and Wayne Hettinger, well-known locally
as the producer and director of Thunder Over Louisville.
During the Flag-In at Waterfront Park, Carr said We were honored
to have the 9/11 Traveling Memorial that will be permanently housed
in Indianapolis and dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011, as part of our event
This year will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and as a result, Flags4Vets
is working with the Metro Louisville Mayors office to host a special
event at Waterfront Park. Plans call for a steel beam from Ground Zero
of the World Trade Center to be installed in Jefferson Square as a permanent
memorial to that fateful day in American history.
In addition to donations, the organization needs volunteers to help
place flags. Moore said that in the past, once flags have been removed
after ceremonies, Oldham County High School students have helped clean
the flags and store them, learning a valuable lesson at the same time.
The sole mission of Flags4Vets is to honor all veterans who have served
this country, both in wartime and peacetime, said Carr. It is
such a pleasure to see hundreds, maybe thousands of adults and children
come out on these two holidays to work as volunteers in building flag
displays and placement of flags on veterans graves.
The organization is working hard to provide continuous recognition of
veteran service to the United States. And like Moore, this is Carrs
personal mission as well, to make sure the story and the recognition
of those who have served never ends.
For more information, visit: www.Flags4Vets.com.
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