Flags of Freedom' fly over Meridian
PATRIOTIC DISPLAY Memory Tree Foundation volunteers hung flags along the 22nd Avenue bridge in honor of Memorial Day. Photo by Carisa McCain/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
May 30, 2002
The skies of Meridian are going red, white and blue the result of 52 U.S. flags hung just in time for Memorial Day along the 22nd Avenue bridge, the 18th Avenue bridge and Highway 39 North.
Volunteers from the Memory Tree Foundation hope to place hundreds more around the city in a display of patriotism.
Bids were taken from flag companies across the United States until the right flag was found, one that would stand up all kinds of weather. The flags chosen are 3×5 feet in size with a 6-foot pole.
The city of Meridian, the Lauderdale County supervisors and Mitchell Signs helped support the effort.
Memorial flags to honor a loved one are $40, but Pennebaker said any donation to the effort will be appreciated.
Donations can be mailed to the Memory Tree Foundation, P.O. Box 5011, Meridian, MS 39302 or to the "Flags of Freedom" accounts which have been set up at area banks.
Pennebaker said the flags are set to fly through September.
The exhibit, "Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-45" will display World War II artifacts, memorabilia and wartime images from July 1-31. For more information, call 482-3685 or e-mail: MemoryTr@aol.com.