Avenue of Flags event enjoys strong support

Adam Larck
Zach Barker from Cub Scout Pack 3064 helps unroll a flag.

Strong community support helped the 21st year of the Avenue of Flags go as smoothly as ever.

The event, sponsored by the GFWC Illinois Metamora-Germantown Hills Junior Woman’s Club, was started to honor veterans by planting flags in rememberance of them.

“Anyone in the community can buy a flag,” junior woman’s club president Donna Cross said. “We started out the very first year with 39 flags.”

Now, 219 flags get planted three times a year: Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

Originally, Cross said the group would come out at 6 a.m. to plant the flags and still be working past noon. In recent years, volunteers have helped really speed up the process.

This year, the planting started at 8 a.m. and was done by 8:30 a.m.

“They have been just wonderful,” Cross said. “When Cathy (Gregait) took over, a lot of her church members have come out to help us. So, Christian Union Church has been a big help.

In addition, various other groups in the area have come out to help each year as well. This year alone saw members of Cub Scout Pack No. 3064, Girl Scout Troop No. 4674, Girl Scout Troop No. 4066 and Metamora Township High School cross country runners come out to put posts in the ground and unroll flags.

In addition, earlier this year new holes for the flags were dug as part of an Eagle Scout project.

Cross added that members of the community have also been known to stop by and help as they walk by.