Each of the 38,000 flags on the grounds of Sagemont Church in Houston represents a fallen Texas soldier from every battle from the Republic of Texas’ earliest days in 1836 until now. “Every Flag Has a Name” was the theme for the display remembering service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The 38,000 flags were laid out around the church’s 170-foot tall cross for Memorial Day celebrations.
Guests were invited to leave names of fallen loved ones on a Memorial Wall.
The remembrance began on Sunday, May 28, with a service honoring and remembering fallen soldiers and their families. On Memorial Day, former U.S. Army Chaplain Grant Rothberg held a special service for Memorial Day where the names of 120 Houstonians who died in recent battles were read aloud. The display will be open to the public until dusk on June 2.
Inside the church lobby is a life-size model of the Liberty Bell and a Wall of Honor with names and photos of service members, which can be viewed Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Sagemont Church said in a statement, “The church’s desire is to remember with gratitude those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Jesus Christ said, ‘Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).'”
Sagemont Church is located at 11300 S. Sam Houston Parkway in Houston, and is led by its senior pastor, Dr. John D. Morgan, who has been the only pastor in the church’s 56 years.