A congregation in Alabama planted nearly 7,000 American flags on their church property in remembrance of the Americans who died during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Grace Place Church of Enterprise created the display for Memorial Day weekend, with a total of 6,809 flags, each representing a soldier who died in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2003.
Donny Thrasher, pastor at Grace Place, told The Christian Post that a major reason for the display was to “remind our congregation that freedom isn’t free; that it often is paid for with the lives of our military.”
“This is our first year, but I can assure you it won’t be the last. Our church really got behind this project; from paying for the flags to putting out the flags today,” said Thrasher. “Many of those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan sponsored flags with donations and dozens of them were present today to put out the flags.”
Thrasher explained that the cost of the flags was about $5,000 and the money came mostly from single donors sponsoring the project one flag at a time.
“Our commitment is to donate everything above the cost of the flags to a worthy charity that provides support/services to military members and/or their families,” said Thrasher.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post