The humidity was high the afternoon of May 24 at the Centralia City Cemetery, and so was the patriotism.
More than 60 volunteers showed up to raise the 447 United States flags which comprised this Memorial Day’s Centralia Avenue of Flags.
Not all the volunteers were veterans, but many were. Gum boots were in abundance as the volunteers, young and old hooked flags to flag poles and gingerly placed the poles in their holes, avoiding the spouts of groundwater as each pole went down.
Jim Hollis, former Centralia police chief and retired school bus driver for the Centralia R-VI School District was one of the many there who had sweated on behalf of his country as a member of the armed forces and was sweating that afternoon in the same spirit of service that saw him working on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.