Lake Charles, Louisiana: Today, October 23, 2019, the new storage building for the Avenue of Flags’ trailers and poles, began construction. The building is being donated to the organization by Lee Mallett and Mallett Buildings.
Earlier this year, the Avenue of Flags incurred the loss of two trailers and 1,100 flag poles. The Avenue of Flags is a local non-profit organization. The poles that were lost had been accumulated over the span of about 30 years.
“We are very excited that Lee Mallett has generously donated a building to house over a thousand of the Avenue of Flags’ poles. This will be a gift that will last a lifetime, “ said Ted Harless Jr., director of the Avenue of Flags.
Lee Mallett, owner of Mallett Buildings, didn’t give it a second thought when he was approached about donating a building to the Avenue of Flags. “The Avenue of Flags is important to our community on many different levels, and Mallet Building wanted to help ensure the legacy of the families’ casket flags as well as the future of the Avenue of Flags by providing a storage facility,” said Mallet.
The Avenue of Flags is a display of casket flags that line the drive through the Orange Grove Graceland Cemeteries in honor of fallen men and women. The flags are flown twice a year, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. These flags were donated specifically for this day and occasion.