Tom Isbell

Tom Isbell, American Legion Post 44 vice commander, holds a cross that represents his father, who was in the Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Isbell is the chairman of Memorial Flags of Franklin County.

Memorial flags and crosses for Franklin County veterans are now on sale through the American Legion Post 44.

The flags, sponsored by Memorial Flags of Franklin County, will be put on display Sunday at the Post 44 headquarters, 110 N. Vine St. in Winchester. The post is located just across First Avenue Northwest from Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.

Ray Cobb, Post 44 commander, said he would like to see a special tribute paid to the nearly 100 Franklin County veterans killed in action during World War I as well as other veterans who paid the ultimate price for freedom in the nation’s other wars.

“I hope to have a cross and flag for each one of the killed in action to be displayed on Veterans Day in November,” he said. “If you have a family member or friend who was a veteran and at one time lived in Franklin County, it would be great to have a cross and flag honoring them. The crosses are made by the local American Legion and the flags come from our nation’s capital.”

Order forms may be picked up at Citizens Tri-County Bank in Decherd, WZYX radio in Cowan and any of the funeral homes in Franklin County.

The introductory cost of the display is $75 for the month of July. After the introductory special, the cost will be $85.

“This will be an ongoing project until every veteran past and present will be a part of the memorial,” Cobb said. “The Legion hopes to have 2,022 displayed on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2022.”

For more information or to request an order form, please call Ray Cobb at 931-308-8914 or ask a member of the American Legion.

The Winchester City Council recently gave the go-ahead to allow the American Legion to post the special crosses and flags along designated thoroughfares, commemorating Franklin County veterans who had served their country.

Tom Isbell, American Legion Post 44 vice commander, told the City Council on June 9 that memorials would be displayed for a two-week period around Memorial Day and Veterans Day each year.

Crosses bearing the names of veterans who lived in Franklin County, their time of service and branch they served in will be posted.

The memorials include crosses and a 4-foot by 6-foot American flag and pole.