Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Church members display flags in memory of loved ones


What started as a fundraiser for a church youth group has grown into one of Minden's most stunning patriotic displays with 100 American flags anchoring the corner of Homer Road and La. Hwy. 531.

"About 70 of these flags are in memory or honor of someone," Morris Busby, member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, said.

Busby said it began as a project with Wesley Barnett and the church's youth department.

When Busby prepared to order the flags, he learned that not only could he save money by purchasing 100 or more, it made for a more impressive display.

While he was still working in the Webster Parish school system, Busby observed the flags flown on the Tony Mullins property near Sarepta.

"I thought, 'that is a neat idea,'" Busby said. "Then, I thought about where our church is located ... it's so visible."

Over the last few years, Busby and others have arranged the flags differently.

"For the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, we used aluminum material and made twin towers and put a red, white and blue Pentagon between them," he said. "Then we put the flags around those."






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