Bonita Springs flies 100 flags on Veterans Day

Reporter: Anika Henanger
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It’s been 100 years since then end of World War I. Residents in Southwest Florida observed Armistice Day and those who served. One hundred flags flew at the service.

Bonita Springs held a Bells of Peace Veterans Day ceremony Sunday.

“It makes me feel sad that he’s not here,” Ron Madaffer said. “But at least he has something to be commemorated by.”

This year, a new brick was added to the walkway beneath the flags for U.S. Army Brigadier General Edward L. Dwyer who spoke today.

“They’ve all been adorned at one time on a casket by a service member,” Bobby Hunter said.

For Madaffer’s family, three of the flags stood for people they love and carry in their hearts.

“We have three flags in here actually,” Darlene Manuel said. “Number one uncle, cousin, and Uncle Harry.”

A 21-gun salute, posting of the colors, and families stood by the lags of their loved ones.

“It just gives them a memory of them,” Sandy Madaffer said. “That they can hold on to.”

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