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Storm Lake, Iowa

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Honoring Our Veterans

The Buena Vista Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution began displaying what is now known as the "Parade of Flags" on the courthouse lawn in 1973. Nearly 800 U.S. flags have been given in memory of veterans with roots in Buena Vista County.

Each Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veterans Day the beautiful display of these flags fills the open space of courthouse square.

The Flag Burning

These flags,
The symbol of the land we love,
The red, the white and blue;
These flags that served our country well
In service now are through.

Their days are spent, their bodies warn,
We pause now to reflect
The value of their cause
And honor them with our respect.

Let not our flags be trampled on
Nor let them know abuse
But let them have a fond farewell
With thanksgiving for their use.

As well we know with this good-bye
How great the country in our care.
God make us worth of this land
And bless it always, is in our prayer.

Edna Pinkerton Hirons                            

Edna Pinkerton Hirons was a long-time member of Buena Vista Chapter and served as a chapter officer. At the time of her death, she was serving as both historian and librarian. This poem was written at the request of then chapter regent Marjorie Miller in honor of Memorial Day, 1999-2000.

Parade of Flags
Storm Lake, Iowa

Buena Vista Chapter celebrated Veterans Day on November 11, 2015
at the Storm Lake Public Library.
Veterans celebration
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Last Updated 17 July 2019
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