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[ORP Volunteer Event] Flag Laying at the AZ National Memorial | May 26, 2022

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Join your fellow Offroad Passport family as we volunteer at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona ahead of Memorial Day!

 

We will work together to honor those laid to rest by placing American flags at the grave markers. This seemingly minor act has a tremendous positive impact on the families and friends who will visit their loved ones on Memorial Day and the days following while the display is up.

 

 

When:

Thursday, May 26, 2022

There is no official start time, however our family plans to be there at 5:00pm after work and school.

The Memorial is open until sunset (7:31pm on 5/26). This gives us about 2-2.5 hours of time to work at a cooler part of the day.

 

Where: 

The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

 

Some Notes:

  • Note that the main entrance to the Memorial is off of East Pinnacle Peak Road
  • There is a small parking area directly south, once you enter the Memorial. Additionally, you can park off to the side of the roads.
  • In the past, the crates of flags were located directly across from the parking

 

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Who Can Volunteer?

ANYONE! This Volunteer event is open to anyone and everyone! Bring your family, children, grandkids, and friends. Many hands make light work.

Note that pets are not allowed in the National Memorial Cemetery. Please leave them at home

 

What to Expect:

The VA supplies multiple large crates with thousands of American flags. These are small and attached to a wooden dowel. The crates of flags are there for volunteers to use to distribute around the National Memorial.

 

We will gather up flags and work on installing them at any grave marker that needs one.

 

There is no particular time commitment needed or quotas. Simply offering up your time is extremely helpful and appreciated!

 

 

Additional Considerations:

  • Bring a tool to help you insert the flags into the dirt. The ground can be hard and sandy. I had good luck with a large screwdriver.
  • Work gloves to help prevent blisters/protect your hands
  • A canvas tote bag to stash your flags so you need to make fewer runs to resupply
  • Sunscreen
  • Plenty of water to hydrate! We live in Arizona, don'cha know!
  • A wide brim hat - there is minimal shade on the property

 

Volunteers:

Obviously since this isn't a run, theres no limits or reason to track participants - however it'll help with knowing how many folks intend to help out!

Drop your name below and we'll get you on the list!

 

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Thanks for putting this together Ryan. Sign me up, I'll be solo. Are we meeting at the flag supply location?

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2 minutes ago, shellback91 said:

Thanks for putting this together Ryan. Sign me up, I'll be solo. Are we meeting at the flag supply location?


Seems like a solid plan to me!

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Come hell or high water, we'll be there!

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i'm in! most likely all 3 of us.

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110% will be there with my son. 

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Bumping the thread! Invite your friends!

 

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