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[Volunteer Event] Flag Placement at the AZ National Memorial | May 27-28, 2022

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***UPDATE!***

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All flags have already been placed! (link)

 

 

 

 

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Join the 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 27-28, 2023

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

That said, my family plans to be there at 8:00am on Sunday the 28th.

 

🇺🇸 Flag supplies are typically dropped off on Friday night. People arrive to begin placing flags on Saturday morning. You're more than welcome to come out which ever day works best for you!

 

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 10" 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 what day you plan to help and we'll get you on the list!

 

🇺🇸 Saturday:

 

 

 

🇺🇸 Sunday:

@4x4tographer & @Yodamom

@ob1jeeper & @Ladybug

@Mick Bowers + Ken

@johnpa

@theksmith +2

Kevin Sherwood + 4

 

 

 

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Will try  to make it for at least a couple hours.   Hopefully they're a bit more organized than last year.  ;)

 

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I’ll to get there early too. 

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Ken Johnson will be coming along Sunday morning. 

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I’m gonna bring a cordless drill with a small (3/16) concrete bit to clear the gravel from the 1/4 “ flag hole in the concrete frame that each the plaque has been provided with. 

It does not mark the flag hole and makes the process go a lot faster. You just need to run it a a low RPM. 

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Ryan, any chance I can meet up on Sunday? 

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3 minutes ago, johnpa said:

Ryan, any chance I can meet up on Sunday? 


Of course John! We’ll see ya there!

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count us 3 in for Sunday

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Where can we meet. I am going to my parents columbarium on the south side of the cemetery 

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27 minutes ago, johnpa said:

Where can we meet. I am going to my parents columbarium on the south side of the cemetery 


We’ll be down that way as well. We normally park just to the west of the columbarium.

 

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