BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Over the Memorial Weekend, there was an incredible display at the foot of the State Capitol honoring 11,000 men and women who gave their life in military service.
"It really let's you know what Memorial Day is all about. It's about the fallen, those who have given their lives for us," said Blue Star Moms president Janet Broussard.
It took an army of volunteers to erect the powerful display of 11,000 flags. Each flag commemorated a fallen Louisiana service member all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Two hundred of those flags represent troops who died since 2001.
The sight was emotional for many.
"There's a little girl here and she wanted to know which one is her daddy's flag. So, that's why we do it," said Broussard.
Organized by the Blue Star Moms of Louisiana, the flags stood for three days. At dusk on Memorial Day, volunteers gathered again to remove them until next year.
"I'm just in awe of the community spirit out here in Baton Rouge and Louisiana as a whole. I've traveled a lot of acreage in the state, many miles today in the state and I can't tell you how proud I am of the state and how we galvanize together. We really do know the meaning of Memorial Day," said Louisiana Secretary of Veteran Affairs David LaCerte.
However, before volunteers begin their work, "Taps" is played, its melancholy lyrics carrying a message to those fallen.
The Blue Star Moms hope to continue the display each year.