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[Volunteer Event] Flag Placement at the AZ National Memorial | May 28-29, 2022

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 *** UPDATE *** 

Update: 6:00pm Friday 5/27

The crew showed up at 5pm at the AZNMC as planned and there were, unfortunately, no flag supplies. The supplies *should* be available on Saturday morning.

It's a bummer, but we really appreciate everyone that came out to volunteer. You are all amazing people. My apologies for the bad intel.

 

Several folks said they would return Saturday. My family plans to come back out Sunday morning to volunteer.

That said, if you can pop by the National Memorial anytime this weekend for an hour to plant a few flags, it'll make you feel amazing. I promise.

 

There was a veteran's group setting up on some State Trust Land, just outside of the gates. They are working separate from the VA and the AZNMC. They noted that they will be starting work on Saturday at 6am. They were responsible for the installation of the 10-15ft flag poles along the main drive.

 

 

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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:

Saturday/Sunday: May 28-29, 2022

There is no official time, come out whenever you can and for as long as you wish! Every little bit helps!

The Memorial is open until sunset (7:31pm on 5/28-5/29).

 

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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  *** ATTENTION! THE DATE HAS CHANGED TO FRIDAY, 5/27! ***  

I called and spoke with the VA today (5/23) and they confirmed that the materials will not be available until Friday.

The first post has been updated to reflect this new information.

 

If you can make it, please let me know so we know to expect you!

 

@shellback91 @theksmith @Ken Ford @Stacey and Scott

 

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Brady & I will be there on Friday!

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We will be there, what time?

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