Trail of Honor Flags Incorporated is a not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to preserving the memory of fallen veterans interred in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery, to foster a sense of pride and patriotism in the community and to encourage the display of the national and state colors at homes and businesses throughout the community. It is the intent of this organization to educate the children and youth of the community as to the Constitution of the United States and the Judeo-Christian values upon which this country was established.
The goal of Trail of Honor Flags Inc. is simple: honor all Veterans, their families and the people who love them—365 days a year. In order to do this, we have to build a permanent Trail of Honor Flags. At this time, through the use of volunteers, we are able to put up over 300 flags along Hwy 62 and Wiley Road on the route to the Fort Gibson National Cemetery just five times a year: Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day. Our vision is to see two Garrison flags—one on the corner of Lee Street and one on the corner of Wiley Road—along Hwy 62. In between, we want to honor special groups such as the Blue Star Mothers, Gold Star Mothers, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS Personnel, Prisoners of War, those Missing in Action. We need a sidewalk for people to stroll through the memorials, and a sidewalk up Wiley Road, too, where flags line both sides all the way to the Fort Gibson National Cemetery. We need permanent structures and poles to keep flags flying 365 days a year, around the clock.
After we have reached our goal of building a permanent installation, we’ll need to remain funded in order to replace flags—we estimate three new flags per pole annually due to weather wear and tear. It’s a lot. And it’s worth it. Fort Gibson is known as one of the most patriotic towns in Oklahoma. When a loved one is being brought to the cemetery and the funeral procession passes our elementary schools, the children on the playground go to the fence. They kneel, they bow their heads. They honor all who pass. The Trail of Honor Flags can help teach generations to come how to respect all Veterans and their loved ones, which is also part of our mission.