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West Phoenix Neighborhood Raises 95 American Flags For Memorial Day

Around 100 American Flags in the West Cinnabar neighborhood in honor of Memorial Day
(photo by Carrie Jung - KJZZ)
Around 100 American Flags in the West Cinnabar neighborhood in honor of Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, a neighborhood association near Peoria has placed 95 full-size American flags in front of their member’s homes. This is the first time the organization has done so.

The effort started around 5 a.m. Monday as about 25 volunteers worked to place a flag in front of every home in the West Cinnabar neighborhood.

The project was the brainchild of Trish Brewer, the president of the neighborhood’s block watch. Brewer, who has two sons actively serving in the Army, said the gesture was a way to remind people, especially area children, of the holiday’s true meaning.

"They actually understand the meaning," Brewer said. "That it’s not just picnics and pool parties, its actually for our fallen soldiers."

The flags will be flown until dusk Monday. Brewer says the organization will be making the same gesture on the 4 th of July.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.