Centralia Avenue of Flags floats high for Veterans Day

Story by Matt Pilger, Editor

The display is simply breathtaking and has been known to bring traffic to a halt on Highway 22. 568 flags including 28 KIA flags (Killed in Action) are displayed at Centralia Cemetery. Centralia’s Avenue of Flags was presented to the Centralia Advisory Board by board member Jan Hollis in 2005.

Volunteers from several organizations, including the local VFW Post 6276, Centralia R-6 Schools, Centralia FFA Chapter, Centralia Boys and Girls Scouts, 4-H clubs and area churches helped raise the flags on Wednesday, November 9.

Phyliss Brown, Centralia Cemetery Sexton says, “The whole community is coming together and helping. The Centralia Quilt Club meets at Abby’s Quilt Shop once a month and has decided to help repair damaged flags. The group brings their sewing machines to the Centralia City Hall Community Room and recently repaired about 20 flags.”

Flags are raised and lowered for Memorial Day weekend, July 4 and Veterans Day. Postcard notifications for the flag display schedule are mailed approximately 2-4 weeks prior to the scheduled display time.

To purchase a flag to honor a deceased veteran, stop by the City of Centralia Office, 114 South Rollins Street to fill out a form with your $100 payment or call the City of Centralia at 573-682-2139 to have a form sent by post. The flags will fall for Veterans Day on Monday, November 14. Volunteers are always welcome to help.