EAGLE POINT, Ore. — As the sun starts to set Thursday evening, the stars and stripes start to go up.
“If it wasn’t for all of the volunteers this all wouldn’t happen,” said volunteer coordinator Helen Wolgamott
About a dozen Eagle Point community members turned out place flags along a three mile stretch through downtown Eagle Point, a tradition for every patriotic holiday for more than 10 years.
“It’s very gratifying and wonderful to be able to represent a veteran and thank them for what they’ve done for our country,” said Wolgamott.
Wolgamott said these are just any star spangled banners, each one has a story.
“Each flag that we put up is a veteran flag. They’re casket flags they belong to a veteran. It’s very personal, very touching,” said Wolgamott.
Thomas and Rachel Cox have been volunteering for several years now and say, once finished, the result still gives them chills.
“The shadows are starting to spread across the lawn and you just look and see all these flags fluttering in the wind, so it’s a bit surreal in a way,” said Thomas Cox.
The flags will stay up through the weekend before coming down. With the 4th of July right around the corner, it won’t be long until the volunteers will be back at it.
“We just kind of bond together and I just think we’re a patriotic town,” said Wolgamott.