Floral Haven hosts 42nd annual flag raising ceremony for Memorial Day Weekend

Broken Arrow - Raising the colors for a fallen soldier.

"He was in the army, he served two years in Vietnam," said Patti White. Her husband, a veteran, died in November of 2013. "I just miss him," said Amanda White, standing next to her mother.

Raymond Louie White: A father and husband who served his country. His family raised a flag in his honor at a Broken Arrow cemetery.

"It just feels good, so many people and all the flags," Patti said. Now the veteran has his place beside his comrades at Floral Haven. A place to remember a loved one lost.

"We had him cremated, so now we have a spot to come to, to bring flowers and think of him," she said.

Patti and her daughter, Amanda White join the other families in ceremony at the 42nd annual Raising of the Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day Weekend.Each flag represents a veteran.

142 families raised new flags at Saturday morning's service, which added up to more than 3,300 flags that stand at the cemetery.The Whites visited another family member that day.

"That's him and that's here."

Raymond Louie's brother, Bob White JR., and his way lay to rest beside each other. Amanda brought out a small flag. She placed the flag between  two gravestones, one more flag to pay tribute to an uncle, and a brother in arms.

"This is a nice, comforting cemetery."

A healing place, to remember.

"He's not forgotten," Patti said with a heavy sigh and a tear in her eye.

And a memorial of red, white and blue.Ceremonies continue throughout the weekend. There will be a reading of the honor roll Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

On Monday, there will be a national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. and the retiring of the colors will conclude the events at 5 p.m.


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