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U.S. flags will be raised in Amarillo this morning as the sun rises on Flag Day.

“It’s quite striking when the sun hits it,” said volunteer David Cantor, who along with about 10 other volunteers will set 120 flags into the ground at the Amarillo Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and the Ussery-Roan Texas State Veterans Home.

“The veterans really seem to appreciate it,” Cantor said. “We’ve had veterans come outside and thank us for putting them out.”

Old Glory will fly in honor of the day until about 6 p.m., Cantor said, in just one of several Flag Day events in Amarillo.

Another 2,000 flags will be placed in neighborhoods throughout the city by the Amarillo Downtown Kiwanis Club.

Kelly Clark, life enrichment coordinator for The Cottages at Quail Creek, said the center will be holding a Flag Day ceremony at 1:30 p.m. today.

Volleys for Veterans, a coalition of Amarillo veterans, will present flags honoring of each branch of the United States military.

Clark said a few residents at The Cottages are veterans. The center is an assisted living center for individuals with memory disorders. Regardless of the number of veterans present or the lost memory of their service, Clark said she believes it’s still important to celebrate.

“They may not remember it but I think the memories from a long time ago will surface,” said Clark.

The public is welcome to attend, she said.

 

By: Amarillo Globe-News