OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Some Johnson County Boyscouts are sending a special Memorial Day message to the men and women in the armed forces. They spent Wednesday afternoon setting up more than 1,700 American flags.
They planted 1,769 to be exact. There is no meaning behind the number. Troop 162 just wants to fill the space between 435 and 95th Street. The members of Troop 162 said it was worth the hard work.
"It's for Veterans and they deserve it," said Boyscout Jaden Taylor. "I think, they risk their lives."
Jaden Taylor and his fellow scouts have the process down to a science. They normally set up a Veterans Day display in Merriam every November. This year, they decided Memorial Day is special as well.
"I think taking five hours out of my day isn't too much to ask to honor them," Taylor said.
After an hour of work the field looked full. Row after row the flags went up and a brisk wind played a dual role.
"It's kind of annoying when you put the flags on the pole, it kinda blows them around, but it's also nice to have because it's really hot," Taylor said.
The boys hope to flags send a reminder to people driving by.
"I sure hope they'll be able to see it and just kind of hopefully help them think about Veterans and help appreciate them a bit more," he said.
The display serves a dual purpose for the scouts as well. It's a service project and a fundraiser. They'll use the money to offset the cost of a camping trip. The flags will fly until May 30.