American flags as far as the eye can see, greet visitors as they enter the city of Eagle Point, Oregon.
On appropriate holidays and other special occasions, the Flag Committee of the Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce produces a patriot display of more than 175 flags, spaced 20 feet apart, along a route which begins at Highway 62 and leads to the Eagle Point National Cemetery.
The vision, called ‘Avenue of the Flags’ and begun by Sharon Bauer in 1996, is to have approximately three miles of flag-lined streets through the center of town.
Each flag displayed once draped the casket of an American veteran and was donated by the families of the men and women who made possible the freedoms that we enjoy.
Friends, relatives and other patriotic citizens wishing to honor our deceased veterans are awed by the sight of over 175 flags flying along the route to the Memorial Day services at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.
The donated flags are flown as a fitting memorial that reminds us that the life we have is made possible not only by our great country, but also by the men and women who have served it in the armed forces.
In 2003, a Wall of Patriotism was dedicated in the Ashpole Center (adjacent to city hall). There one will find the names of each veteran in whose memory a casket flag was donated, as well as a list of the donors. The display is surrounded by a flag from each branch of the military service. The Avenue of the Flags display is put in place for each patriotic holiday.
Volunteers to help put up and take down the flags are always welcome. If you would like to help, please contact Helen Wolgamott, The Avenue of the Flags Committee at: 541-830-4049.
Donation funds raised go toward the 14-foot flagpoles, which cost about $30 apiece. Donations may be sent to:
Donations – Flag Committee
Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1539, Eagle Point, OR 97524.
You can see the Avenue of the Flags on the following days: 4th of July, Memorial Day, President’s Day, Flag Day, Labor Day, September 11th, Veteran’s Day, Special Occasions.
If you would like more information about ‘The Avenue of the Flags’ please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org