BIG SPRING, TX -- Last week, 13 members of the U.S. military were killed in the attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as they worked to evacuate people to safety. Since then, it’s been reported that eleven were Marines, one was a Navy medic and another was a member of the Army.
Several Big Spring residents in the Highland neighborhood have joined together to honor these 13 soldiers by decorating their front yards with 13 American flags. According to Laurie Choat Churchwell, local resident, it all began with a social media post on a neighborhood Facebook page, but soon inspired others to join in on the idea.
Churchwell told KBest News that Tara Bradshaw had originally made the post showing her thirteen flags in her yard with the caption "In honor of the fallen."
Other residents immediately jumped on board and the hashtag #13flagsfor13days was suggested in hopes that it would spread beyond the neighborhood. #13flagsfor13days began on Monday, Aug. 30th, and it will continue through Saturday, September 11th as a way to remember soldiers lost in last week's attack in Afghanistan.
Churchwell told KBest News that the neighborhood already has patriotic decorations from their annual Fourth of July parade, so this was just another way to pull the neighborhood together and show their support.
“We’re hoping that with the hashtag #13flagsfor13days that others will join in and hashtag their photos and anyone can go to that hashtag and see photos from all over town,” said Churchwell.
The community is encouraged to join in on the supportive display by placing 13 flags on display to represent the 13 fallen soldiers, then take a photo and post to social media with the hashtag #13flagsfor13days.
(Photo - Laurie Choat Churchwell, Facebook)