September 07, 2017 10:58 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- A ceremony honoring Dodge County's fallen heroes held Thursday night marks the unofficial start to Mantorville's Marigold Days and is helping the community remember those lost in the line of duty.
A total of 140 flags filled a field on Main Street, a stark reminder of the 140 local service members, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who died serving their community.
"It's been exciting to see and when you come through town and see the flags sometimes flying with the wind, it's pretty emotional," Cindy Nelson, who has worked with the city's Marigold Days for nearly two decades, said of the ceremony.
The ceremony began five years ago as a way to honor the county's fallen, making sure they're never forgotten.
"We can never forget. We can never forget the sacrifice, we can never forget their service, and we know it's not just the fallen, it's the fallen's family that are left behind," Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said.
Of the 140 flags, four honored fallen police officers, Rose said.
Rose also said people should take a few minutes to read the names on the flags and walk through the sea of red, white and blue to get an idea of the sacrifice of these 140 people.
"It's a sight for everybody to stop by and see," he said.
The flags will be on display through Sunday as part of Marigold Days.
Created: September 07, 2017 10:58 PM
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