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American Flags placed in honor of Memorial Day Weekend

 Over 12,000 American Flags are being planted on a grass area on the south side of Platte River Mall to honor those who have served. (Credit:Sam Pirozzi/KNOP-TV)
Over 12,000 American Flags are being planted on a grass area on the south side of Platte River Mall to honor those who have served. (Credit:Sam Pirozzi/KNOP-TV) (KNOP)
Published: May. 24, 2020 at 5:20 PM CDT
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After not being able to plant flags at Fort McPherson cemetery, Char Swalberg took matters into her own hands.

Swalberg comes from a family with lots of history in the armed services, including her own husband and children. Planting American flags is something she she does nearly every year at local cemeteries, but due to COVID-19, her requests to do so this year were declined. So Swalberg called a friend of hers from the Platte River Mall and asked if she could use a field area on the south side of building to plant flags.

"When I first asked about using the space, she asked why. When I explained, I said I wanted to place a bunch of flags on the ground in honor and recognition of those who lay at rest at Fort McPherson," said Swalberg.

The call for volunteers to help place flags saw an overwhelming response, and even included local veterans showing up to help the cause.

Alicia Small, a former Marine, said when she heard the event she knew she wanted to contribute.

"We heard that she was putting flags out in honor of the people that are buried out at Fort McPherson and we're both pretty passionate about it, so we decided it would be best to come out and help," Small said.

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