Veteran Flag Holders with Flag

Project was completed May 10, 2017.  Great article was published by the Vilas News Review.  Thanks to all for your help on a great project.

July 2018 – Replacement flags for this project have been purchased.

News Article Veteran Flag Project


Veteran Flag Holders and Flags for Plum Lake and Star Lake Cemeteries

Background: Members of the Eagle River Genealogical Society, Max Rockafellow and Fred Rockafellow, in 2016, when working to update the Genealogical Cemetery Records for Plum Lake and Star Lake, observed that the US Flags placed at Military Personal markers were not in a Veterans Flag holders. The condition that made the biggest impact was the fact that the flags placed were stuck in the ground and many were touching the ground, not in keeping with respect for our flag and our veterans.

To correct this condition, the Eagle River Genealogical Society’s records of both cemeteries were used and Veterans were hi-lighted.  It was determined that there are 60 at the Plum Lake Cemetery and 17 at the Star Lake Cemetery without veteran flag holders. Funds and a supplier was located and Veteran flag holders and flags were procured and will be placed in spring prior to Memorial Day.  The Sexton for both cemeteries, Jim Mortag, was involved and supports this effort.  Members of the Eagle River Genealogical Society, members of the local Sayner Women’s Club, and Jim Mortag, Sexton, will be installing prior to Memorial Day, 2017.  Prior to installation, Flags were pressed with a light coat of starch then Scotch Guarded to provide weather protection and reduce fading.

Current plan is to place Veteran holders and flags the week of May 8th.

In other cemeteries, if a Veterans grave site does not have a flag holder, individual Family members can obtain a Veteran Flag holder and flag for their military loved ones by going to their counties Veterans Affairs office with a copy of Veterans DD-214. (Honorable Discharge Form) and a death certificate to receive.  Placement is responsibility of Family with concent of Cemetery Sexton.

Folks that would like to be involved in these types of projects and discover their Family History, are encouraged to join the Eagle River Genealogical Society.

Donations to support this and other community efforts can be made to the Eagle River Genealogical Society, (ERGS), PO Box 1333, Eagle River, WI 54521.  Future projects include Cemetery entrance signs for the Eagle River and St. Peters’ Cemeteries, Veterans Flag replacement when needed for Plum Lake and Star Lake, and Eagle River Cemetery Park improvements.

Donations to support this Flag replacement is needed. Flags become faded and frayed over a season and need replacement.  Thank you for your donations.