Honor Corps remembers all veterans, one flag at a time
Each year, on the last Monday of May, the country takes time to remember them all ﾖ the fallen veterans who served this country in the Armed Forces, during good times and bad.
Whether they be family, friend, neighbor, acquaintance, or even a complete stranger, the Pocahontas County Honor Corps remembers each veteran with a flag placed on their grave.
ﾓWe place between 1,500 to 2,000 flags each year,ﾔ honor corps member Willard Pingley said. ﾓIn every cemetery that we take care of and know about.ﾔ
The flags are purchased through donations and out of the pockets of honor corps members. They are placed on the graves in time for the Memorial Day weekend and are removed a week later to wait for the next year.
ﾓIf the families want, they can take them home, but we pick them back up the week after, also,ﾔ Pingley said. ﾓIf there is a flag on the grave that is tattered and dirty, or torn, we take it out and replace it.ﾔ
The Honor Corps places Confederate flags on the graves of Confederate soldiers.
If you know of a veteranﾒs grave that does not receive a flag, contact Pingley or Harlan Whiting.
ﾓGive us a call, weﾒll do our best to get there,ﾔ Pingley said.
The Pocahontas County Honor Corps will perform Memorial Day services Sunday, May 27, at the Mountain View Cemetery, in Marlinton, Beaver Creek Cemetery and Arbovale Cemetery.
Contact Pingley at Sheets GMC at 304-456-4484 or Whiting at 304-799-6057.