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Old Glory lines Terryville street to honor fallen soldiers

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Visually, it is a stunning sight - thousands of American flags lining a piece of Main Street in Terryville.

With the Fourth of July holiday less than a week away, it's a simple reminder about the price of freedom and those who've lost their lives.

The Stars and Stripes serving as a symbol for sacrifice that others have made.

"I think its wonderful," Terryville resident Mike Anderson said. "It just shows, you drive by in a town like this and you see all these flags and it makes you think. A moment of silence for yourself."

Anderson, an Air Force Staff Sergeant, returned from Afghanistan in March.

On Friday morning he spent time volunteering with his grandfather, a Korean War veteran, setting up the Field of Flags. The Somers Congregational Church brings the moving memorial to a different location each month. And for the next three weeks it will be in Terryville at the Congregational Church on Main Street.

"It has a huge emotional impact on people because each flag not only represents one casualty, each flag probably represents 500 people when you consider family, friends and church members," Anne Kirkpatrick with Field of Flags said.

When they started the Field of Flags in 2005, the war was still in its early stages and they were only putting out a little more than 2,200 flags.

Eight years later, that number is now 6,728 - one flag for every member of the armed services who's paid the ultimate price.

"To have a Gold Star mother come up and say thank you for doing this and you can't get any words out," Kirkpatrick said. "What do you say to a Gold Star mother whose only son was killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. And a Gold Star father? It makes it more emotional."

On top of the flags, there is also a board with every name tacked on it, including 41 new casualties since their last display in May.

Taking it all in, 94-year-old World War II Veteran Jackson Duso said it's an impressive sight and important to remember.

"It's hard what they're doing right now in Afghanistan, that's terrible," he said.

The purpose is to show thanks and to never forget.

As someone who serves, Anderson can appreciate that.

"It means a lot, especially when you're over there you see some things happening. This is just a very sobering moment," Anderson said.

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