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Thousands Of Flags To Be Planted At Waterfront Park

By Andy Freudenburg

The 3rd Annual Flags4Vets event will be held this Memorial Day weekend at Waterfront Park.

Hundreds of volunteers will put up 25,000 American flags spelling out USA. The flags represent veteran graves and will take up hundreds of feet on the Great Lawn.

Flags4Vets Director Fred Moore says the event extends beyond Louisville.

“To buy thousands of flags for this memorial day vigil and then immediately after it we start sending these flags across the country to cemeteries, last year we sent flags to cemeteries in 17 states. And our goal is to eventually buy all the flags for the entire nation,” he said.

The event is open to the public.

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A Look at Those Who've Served

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When many of us think of Memorial Day, we envision burgers on the grill, sales at the mall, and a long weekend. But Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, started as a day meant to honor those who have died during wartime – and decorate their graves in tribute. This Monday, we’ll mark the occasion by listening back to some of our past conversations about those who have served in America’s Armed Forces.

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Mayor's Hike and Bike Kicks Off Today

The Mayor’s twice-annual Hike and Bike takes place today. The Hike and Bike is held on Labor Day and Memorial Day, and this year’s spring event kicks off around ten in the morning, with events and warm ups at Waterfront Park prior to that.

Mayor Jerry Abramson says the Hike and Bike will travel along the Clark Memorial Bridge and back, through Portland, the Northwestern and Southwestern Parkways, to Shawnee Park, and back to Waterfront Park.

“It’s approximately 15 miles, with several turnaround points for routes as short as two miles, so you can make the ride as challenging or as relaxing as your and your family want to make it,” says Abramson.

There’s also a three-and-a-half mile walking route, which can also be used by people with strollers or wheelchairs at Waterfront Park.

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Flag Display Honors Vets on Memorial Day

Numerous events throughout the region are planned in honor of veterans on this Memorial Day.

A Louisville-based organization called Flags4Vets has organized a display of 25,000 flags at Waterfront Park. The flags will depict 150-foot by 450-foot letters spelling U-S-A.

Director Fred Moore says it’s a dramatic way to honor military, police and firefighter vets.

“Almost everyone knows someone who’s in the military, or police department, or corrections or firefighters,” says Moore, “so it’s important for people to come in and pay honor to their fallen heroes.”

Moore says it took volunteers about 24 hours to place all the flags.

This is the first year for the display at Waterfront Park. In the past, the flags were placed in Jefferson Square.