Symbols of their sacrifices

Members of Cullman VFW Post 2214 and volunteers place American flags along U.S. Highway 31 for Memorial Day. (Tiffany McKoy)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Volunteers and members of Cullman VFW Post 2214 on Friday, May 26, placed American flags along U.S. Highway 31, as they do every year for not only Memorial Day, but also the 4th of July and Veterans Day.

The flags flying in the median of the highway are a beloved tradition for the Cullman County community, serving as symbols of the sacrifices local members of the armed forces have made through the years. This year, flags were also placed in the median of Hwy. 31 in Vinemont. In all, there are approximately 300 flags. 

The day prior, on Thursday, the group placed small American flags – more than 1,000 of them – on the graves of veterans at Cullman City Cemetery and Memory Gardens, according to the VFW’s Mike Schendale. He said many community members also showed up to help.  

On Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m., there will be an event at Sportsman Lake Park, where a new memorial will be unveiled. 

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