JACKSON TWP. Memorial Day weekend was on full display in Jackson Township with more than 1,000 flags posted in front and along side of the Safety Center on the corner of Wales Avenue and Fulton Drive to honor those who have served in the armed services, along with police and firefighters.
Residents all over Stark County were able to purchase a flag to remember family members, friends, veterans, members of the armed forces, teachers, coaches, mentors, medical professionals, first responders and more.
Flags were posted at 8 a.m., May 27, and remained on display through Memorial Day. The names of the people being honored by a flag were read each day and taps was played every evening at 8 p.m.
"We had an overwhelming response to the need for volunteers this year," said Mike Boyd, a member of the Jackson Rotary Club. "It usually takes 45 minutes or more to put the flags up, and this year we had so many volunteers it only took 30 minutes. People came from the community, Jackson fire and police, Rotary members and many more."
Rose Sloat and Darryl Doane came in the early morning hours May 27 to walk through the flags and remember their family and friends who have served.
"This is a really nice way to pay respect to those who have served, including my son, who was in the infantry and brought all of his charges home safely," Doane said.
Sloat’s husband served in the military police and she purchased a flag for him two years ago.
"I had four brothers who also served in the U.S. Army, and they all came home safely," Sloat said.
Funds raised this year will benefit The Patriot Project and the Jackson Township Rotary Foundation.