Monday, May 28, 2012

Virginia Beach church pays tribute to fallen troops

From Virginia Beach

On the lawn of Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church, a field of American flags waved in the wind, as if saying hello to the cars zooming past on Laskin Road.

A woman pulled to a stop, held her cellphone out the car window and snapped a photograph before driving away.

There are 6,460 miniature flags in all - one for each American service member killed during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Parishioners planted them in the ground Sunday, just in time for Memorial Day.

The morning began with an outdoor service. Facing a wooden cross, the congregation - about 270 people in all - gathered on benches and folding chairs, under a canopy of trees.

Afterward, flags in hand, they headed for two grassy areas in front of the church to create the patriotic display.

The Rev. James Sell, the transitional rector, had heard of similar flag plantings at other churches. He pitched the idea to parishioners and asked for donations to cover the cost of the flags. They were eager to help.

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