Sandy winds damage 'Avenue of Flags' tribute to veterans in Richmond

Damaged flags will be replaced

RICHMOND, Ind. - Remnants of superstorm Sandy roared down Interstate 70, leaving behind plenty of damage on the Avenue of Flags in Richmond. 

More than 30 of the 300 flags were damaged by wind gusts of 37 mph.

"The buildup and the news on Sandy, I knew I was in trouble," said Roger Stinson, the man who maintains the integrity of the Avenue of Flags. 

During a tour Tuesday, Stinson witnessed the windblown damage to the flags. 

Area residents are not happy with what happened, but are keeping things in perspective.

"When we woke up this morning and heard all the damage folks are facing on the East Coast… they are going to be without power for some time. With just having some of our flags come off the poles, we're very fortunate," said Richmond resident Steve Higinbotham.

Individual citizens sponsor each flag for $50. Those flags honor soldiers who gave their lives in the service of their country and those who served in any capacity. 

"It's sad that they are damaged. It's a great thing the veterans have done on the bridge, but I'm sure we'll do something to repair them," said Richmond resident Marty Johnson.

Stinson said a little wind will not compromise the project.

"It just proves as much as that Old Glory has been through. It can still stand a battle or two," Stinson said. "We will repair and go on."

Stinson said they won't replace the damaged flags until after Veteran's Day on Nov. 11, and they will add 100 more flags by Memorial Day.

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