The annual Avenue of Flags ceremony was held May 31 in Gretna’s Peterson Park.
Coordinated by Gretna American Legion Post 216, VFW Post 10725, Gretna American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, the annual Avenue of Flags was raised at 7 a.m. The flags were expected to be lowered at 7 p.m.
The 10 a.m. ceremony featured the reading of the names of the 257 veterans honored with a flag in the park.
Seven new flags were added this year. The families were invited to join Legion members in raising their loved ones flag. The new flags in 2021 honor Harold C. Hansen, Robert J. Dietze, Thomas J. Hurst, James F. Schram, Ronald W. Dye, Earnest Olsan and Duane D. Strong.
Flag Day approaches
Gretna American Legion Post 216 has tentative plans for Flag Day, June 14.
Post Commander Loren Foged said he’s hoping to open up the backyard at the Legion and invite the community to bring old, torn or otherwise no longer serviceable flags for a retirement ceremony. Flags will be retired, destroyed and burned the way it’s supposed to be done. More details to come.