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Memorial Day: Community Service and Remembrance| WACorrections

May 31, 2016

By Clint Anderson

Department of Corrections

a cemetary scene with American flags and headstones.

(Tim Kelly , DOC Communications) See photo gallery...

SPOKANE – Approximately one month ago, the Spokane Criminal Justice Center began notifying those under community supervision of an opportunity to place flags in local cemeteries in honor of Memorial Day. This is the second year of partnership with Fairmount Memorial Association.

For the week of preparation, there was a total of 52 under community supervision who chose to take part in the Memorial Day preparation. The community service project takes a lot of time due to each flag representing an individual who has served in the Armed Forces, with a total of approximately 3,500 flags being placed in seven individual Spokane cemeteries, including Fairmount, Greenwood, Riverside, Spokane-Cheney, Woodlawn, and Pines and South Pines. Each flag has a veteran's name and a specific spot located throughout the seven cemeteries.

The preparation for Memorial Day is half of the job, as the crews will begin flag removal on the day after Memorial Day. The flag removal process consists of taking each flag down, folding it properly, and placing it back in a reverse numerical order so that the crews can assist with this great community partnership again next year.