The City of Yatesville may soon be honoring its veterans in a different way. At the Yatesville City Council meeting on June 9, Mayor Cecil Moncrief mentioned driving through Hampton on Memorial Day weekend and seeing hundreds of white crosses, with the names of veterans on them and American flags on top of them, lining the streets in Hampton.
“You put the name of a veteran, his or her service, and when they served on the cross,” the mayor said. “I’m assuming, and I will check with them, but that is probably just anybody in that town that has served, dead or alive. The crosses would be honors or memorials. But I thought that was so neat that you ride down the city streets and they would be on both sides, all the way through town and on out of town.”
While Moncrief said it was too late for this year’s July 4th, he thought it could be done by next year. But Council member Phyl Gatlin suggested they could do it for Veterans Day in November.
Council member Wanda Dozier mentioned that in North Carolina they did something similar. She said family and friends of veterans would buy the flags in honor or memory of the veteran, and then the crosses were made by someone in the town. Dozier suggested that they have the donors buy a certain size flag, so that the flags will be uniform and not different kinds and sizes.
Moncrief added that they will have to get permission from the Georgia Department of Transportation to put the crosses along the highway, but that they could put them in a nearby field, also.
“We could call it the memorial field or veterans field or whatever you want to call it,” Moncrief said. “You just put the crosses in there and line them up.
“Be thinking about it and we’ll talk about it next month. I know John Hicks will make the crosses for us with no problem. Then anybody that wants to buy a flag, we can store them and every year stick them up.”
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.