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Floral Haven erects flag display in observance of Memorial Day

Junior ROTC groups from local high schools raised more than 3,500 American flags Friday morning for the 44th Annual Avenue of Flags at Floral Haven Cemetery. (KTUL)

Flags are flying high at Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow in observance of Memorial Day.

Junior ROTC groups from local high schools raised more than 3,500 American flags Friday morning for the 44th Annual Avenue of Flags.

The flags once draped the caskets of the veterans and were later donated by their families.

Floral Haven's is one of the largest displays of American Flags in the country.

The flags will fly through Monday.

Over the weekend, the Broken Arrow Blue Star Mothers are sponsoring a collection for Freedom Boxes, which are sent to military overseas. Items can be dropped off at the cemetery.

Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Starbase Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will reenact the "Changing of the Guard" at the replica of the Tomb of the Unknowns west of the funeral home.

The reading of the Honor Roll, including the names of all the veterans buried at Floral Haven in the past year, occurs at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

At 3 p.m. Monday, a moment of silence will be observed in remembrance and tribute to those who have fallen, served or are still serving as well as their families.

The Indian Nations Council of the boy Scouts of America will retire the Garrison Flag and other flags surrounding the Veterans Field of Honor at 5 p.m. Monday followed by the retirement of the remaining flags.

The weekend's events are free and open to the public.

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