This archive includes all the information available to us as of Veterans Day 2022. If you have additional information, please contact Judy McGuire - email@example.com
The Flags for Heroes project was launched by the Iron Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club Memorial weekend in 2015 to remember and honor the veterans who were killed or missing in action in wars from the Spanish-American War forward to the present time.
Countless hours were spent by the Iron Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club (IMR) in planning designing, constructing, assembling and labeling the crosses in preparation for the flag display.
In addition, very specific portable racks were designed and built to accommodate the crosses when at rest. Bins were purchased to store and protect the flags in a respectful manner until they are needed for display.
The commitment, dedication and passion shown by the IMR produced a most successful project which has served to honor and demonstrate the great respect and appreciation our community has for these 102 veteran warriors who gave it all.
Twice a year - Memorial Weekend and Veterans Day - the IMR displays the 102 flags with crosses on the front lawn of the Johnson County Courthouse. Each cross bears the name and branch of service of the veteran and will, beginning in November 2022 display a QR code offering more information on each hero.
Hometown Service Coalition and the Johnson County Center for the Arts have partnered with the IMR to better serve these wonderful men and their courageous lives. The Hometown Service Coalition has accepted responsibility for the "Flags for Heroes" project display twice a year.
They all have stories that need to be told and thanks to the efforts of Jim Cress, a patriot, who searched, collected, sorted through information, walked cemeteries and compiled this incredible package of history. Jim, also a veteran, spent untold hours putting all these stories in order. His passion and compassion has given us the gift of history of our very own Johnson County heroes. This website is dedicated to the memory of Jim Cress, another of our heroes!
The members of the IMR during this time were:
Pete and Starla Brooks
Robin and Joyce Cress
Tommy and Wanda Cress
Roger and Wanda Gentry
Lee and Debbie Greever
Mark and Liz Holland
Bob McDonald and Gay Triplett
Bill and Judy McGuire
Kenny Norris and Robyn Grayson
Matt and Ashley Osborne
Lane and Lisa Sentell
David and Anita Smiley
Randy and Paula Stewart
Source information - Wikipedia and East TN Veterans Memorial Association (ETVMA)