Thanks to the generosity of Telephonics, the Coast Guard was able to honor every veteran of the service buried in Arlington National Cemetary with an American Flag placed on their graves this Veteran's Day.
Read this story on the Coast Guard Compass to learn more about the program.
Coast Guard recruits spread out across Arlington National Cemetery as part of Flags Across America. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Patrick Kelley.
The Flags Across America program was started more than 10 years ago by the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association - Washington, D.C. chapter:
The idea came to life for Veterans Day 1999 when the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Chief Petty Officers Association sponsored the placing of USCG flags on the graves of Coast Guardsmen buried at Arlington as well seven flags at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the seven Coast Guardsmen on the Wall.
Now, with many successful Veterans Day events under its belt, the Chiefs of the DC CPOA invite the rest of the Coast Guard across the nation to join them. Since January 2001, more than 86 USCG Flags Across America chapters in 36 states have sprung up to work on this worthy project. All it takes is some research to find out where Coast Guard personnel are buried in your local area (private and/or military cemeteries), some fundraising to buy the flags, and some enthusiastic volunteers with Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty!