RAINELLE, WV (WOAY) – Every year, Rainelle welcomes hundreds of bikers during the annual Run for the Wall, but this year will be different.
While the Run for the Wall event was cancelled the patriotic town wasn’t going to let that stop them from honoring fallen veterans.
Just like every other year, volunteers planted over 11,000 flags in the Garden of Honor to represent fallen soldiers from the Mountain State. A new flag joins the display this year, remembering the families of those lost.
“It helps [families] cope a little bit better and know that they aren’t forgotten,” said volunteer Emma Michelinie.
The Honor and Remember flag represents Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost sons or daughters in the service. Like the American flag, each part represents something different.
“It reminds them that there are people out there that thank them daily for their sacrifice,” said Sgt. Dawn Dunbar.
The new flag waves next to the POW/MIA flag, the West Virginia state flag, and the American flag.