Veterans on a Memorial Day mission

By Alex Davis |

Published 03/25 2014 10:59AM

Updated 03/25 2014 11:03AM

CLEAR LAKE -- For generations, hundreds of flags have flown at Camp Butler National Cemetery on Memorial Day. But recent storms have broken flag pole after flag pole. With none left standing, workers at Camp Butler believe the tradition could fade away. WCIA-3's Alex Davis tells us why it's so important Old Glory keeps hanging high.

There's a fear the Avenue of Flags could be bare come Memorial Day. But, an area veterans group is working to keep that from happening.

American Legion Post 32, out of Springfield, is trying to raise funds to purchase new poles for the cemetery. They're looking to raise enough to replace all 202 flagpoles, which could be as much as $26,000. Ken Oglesby, an Army veteran and owner of Flag World, in Springfield, says he's doing all he can to help.

"The veterans are the ones that paid the ultimate price keeping us free, so I think it's pretty important to all veterans and all Americans, and the image of the flag is a pretty strong image. So, when you see 200 out there lining the streets, that's pretty impressive."

The volunteers say they'll choose poles which can weather storms and wind. The poles are meant to fly veterans' burial casket flags donated to the cemetery by families of veterans. As you can image, those flags are long and wide and need a lot of support, especially in severe weather.

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