Sunset Memorial Park holds drive thru flag giveaway
While COVID-19 is switching up how things are done, it’s not stopping the community from honoring those who died while serving in the U.S. military.
A Memorial Day celebration is held at Sunset Memorial Park annually with music, speakers, and food, but this year all of those elements were eliminated.
“We just don’t want the chance of anyone getting sick from this disease. We hated to let the event go by and not do something,” says Sunset Memorial Park funeral director Robert Byrd.
So instead of the usual celebration, they hosted a drive-thru flag give away.
“They drive in we give them a flag they place it on a loved one grave whether it’s here or any other cemetery,” says Byrd.
Aside Sunset staff members, Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba was there passing out flags to those who visited the burial sites of their heroes.
Saliba finds inspiration in remembering the legacy of fallen soldiers.
“I think it’s especially important this time of the year with the COVID-19 because it provides that extra set of hope that they fought for things for us so we can fight through this and we will win,” says Saliba.
For many, part of remembering is showing gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives for everyone else’s.
“If it wasn’t for the veterans who have died, we wouldn’t have the freedoms to do the things that we are doing today,” says Air Force Veteran Keith Stowers.
Not even the pandemic can take that away.
“We are at the top I don’t know percent with the freedom we have. Although we are going through a virus we still have the freedom to come out and pay homage,” says Stowers.