MUNCIE, Ind. — Minnetrista‘s lawn beside the White River Greenway has been the home of the Flags of Honor for 6 years now. The Flags of Honor is in partnership with the Exchange Club of Muncie, which is a service organization. The Exchange Club of Muncie protects these flags 24/7 as an honor to those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. 

The families of the fallen heroes are encouraged to purchase yellow ribbons as a way to honor and remember those who sacrificed their lives, said Jeff Hall, a member of the Exchange Club. The money raised from the ribbons, which is speculated by the organization to be around $20,000 this year, goes to local charities in the Muncie community.

“The Board of Directors for our organization selects three organizations that will be the recipients, and those vary from year to year. We anticipate this year that this project will probably recognize about $20,000, from both corporate sponsors and individuals who have purchased a yellow ribbon to put on the flag,” said Hall.

There are 27 versions of the historic American Flag flown on the lawn. Each of these flags represent the modifications made to the flag since 1776.

“It takes a couple of days to set up the flags,” said Hall. “We’ve been doing this now for six years and have a system pretty well worked out.”

The Flags of Honor is a yearly event that takes place the week leading up to 9/11. This year, Flags of Honor takes place from September 4 to September 11. The closing ceremony takes place on 9/11 honoring all the “fallen heroes” that are not only represented by the yellow ribbons, but also all those who served from Delaware County and beyond.

The closing ceremony takes place tonight at 6:30 in the Indiana Room at Minnetrista beginning with America’s Hometown Band playing, the program will then begin at 7.