Every year in May Fresno Memorial Gardens is one of many Valley cemeteries that takes on a big undertaking. It needs an army of volunteers to get 1400 flags flapping in the wind for its Memorial Day service.
The cemetery started its Avenue of Flags back in 1985. Since that time it has grown from 35 flags to 1400. Leanne Torrey donated her Dad's flag that once draped over his casket. She's been helping to set up the cemetery on Memorial Day for the past eight years. She is usually one of about 75 volunteers who arrive at the cemetery Monday morning at seven sharp. By ten o'clock the place is decked out in red, white and blue.
Brian Copner of Fresno Memorial Gardens says they couldn't get it done without volunteers. "Frankly a lot of the volunteers have been here so many years they know the cadence of things and they lead us as well. It's a nice coordinated effort and we get it done." Copner says every flag is donated to honor a person buried at Fresno Memorial Gardens.
If you want to help Copner encourages you to show up by 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. No experience is necessary.