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Avenue of Flags needs help

The Avenue of Flags displayed on Memorial Day and Veterans Day at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Detroit Lakes has grown from a humble beginning of a mere 43 veterans' burial flags to over 737, as of Veteran's Day 2009. As each year passes, new families have entrusted the volunteers of the Avenue of Flags with their loved one's burial flag.

The flags must be replaced from time to time, and usually that requires a purchase of 30 to 40 flags each year. The cost of replacement is nearly $75 per flag.

Unfortunately, the donations have not kept pace with the growth of this beautiful memorial to our deceased veterans.

This is a plea for your help, private citizens and businesses throughout the lakes area and beyond.

Please help preserve this memorial by contributing any amount you feel you can give. There are a lot of improvements and maintenance that need to be accomplished.

Mail your contributions to:

Avenue of Flags

c/o Dave Coalwell

16905 Sharon Avenue

Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-6908

Thank you, everyone for your contributions and efforts on the behalf of the Avenue of Flags.