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Flags added to the 'Avenue of Flags' on September 11

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

On a day that needs no introduction, five flags were added to Cape Girardeau's Avenue of Flags in Cape County Park North.

Each flag along the road represents one deceased veteran from Cape Girardeau County whose family has purchased a flag from the V.F.W. The V.F.W. has been placing these flags in the park since May 27, 1988 according to Jerry Hampton. 

The date is one that sticks in everyone's mind as it is the 15th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. 

"Oh I know exactly where I was," Darren Hienkebein said.

"This time of year they're showing all the historical films," Jeff Pind said. "You can't forget, it's tough to watch those videos."

"It just needs to be remembered," Allen Mossmayer said. "People can't forget."

One of the flags added Sunday was in honor of Glen Hienkebein, the uncle of Darren Hienkebein. 

"I'm glad to see it I'm glad to see his name honored," Hienkebein said. "Whether it's a flag or etching in stone or on the wall."

The next time the flags will fly is on Veterans Day, where the V.F.W. will add an additional 100 flags, according to Hampton. But that's not soon enough for Hienkebein. 

"Actually, to be honest, I wish they had them out more often throughout the year," Hienkebein said. "We have to keep our hearts and minds true."

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