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Honoring the fallen

VFW places flags, holds ceremony for Memorial Day

 

COLUMBUS—Polk County’s VFW Post 9116, American Legion Post 250 and their auxiliary units met over the weekend to honor veterans for Memorial Day.

The groups met at the Polk County Memorial Garden Cemetery in Columbus and placed flags on all the gravesites of veterans on Saturday.

Most years, the posts have had local groups and individuals place flags on the graves of all deceased veterans. Normally, the groups place more than 500 American flags on graves in less than 2 hours. Because of COVID-19 the posts welcomed volunteers this year but asked them to follow health and safety guidelines.

The groups also placed almost 200 flags at the Saluda Cemetery and the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

On Monday, the groups held a ceremony to honor Polk County’s deceased veterans, with the program conducted by the Polk County Memorial Honor Guard, the VFW Post 9116 and Auxiliary Unit with assistance from McFarland Funeral Chapel.

Following the ceremony, the Polk County Honor Guard and VFW Post 9116 dedicated the Korean War memorial at Veterans Park in downtown Columbus.