UTICA, NY – 1,000 U.S. flags have been lining the Utica Memorial Parkway since November 2nd.
It’s all part of the Good News Center’s Flags for Heroes celebration to honor local men and women who have served in the military.
The closing ceremonies were held Sunday with music from the “Pinnacle Brass” of the 10th Mountain Division Band and moving tributes from local leaders.
Jan Scruggs, the founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. was the keynote speaker.
“I became an expert on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after I got back from Vietnam. One night after seeing a movie called The Deer Hunter I decided there should be a national memorial with all the names on the wall of all the casualties. With help from a lot of people, it was done and dedicated in 1982.”
Members of the community were invited to sponsor the flags, with all proceeds going to the Sitrin Military Rehabilitation Program.