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Lowcountry nonprofit honors fallen veterans with American flag and bonfire for Memorial Day

A group of veterans and volunteers helped install a 60-foot-tall flagpole on the OPFOB property...
A group of veterans and volunteers helped install a 60-foot-tall flagpole on the OPFOB property in Ridgeland, S.C.(Operation Patriots Forward Operating Base)
Updated: May. 30, 2021 at 7:08 PM EDT
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RIDGELAND, S.C. (WTOC) - The nonprofit Operation Patriots Forward Operating Base has a new addition as of Saturday morning. A group of veterans and volunteers helped install a 60-foot-tall flagpole on the property in Ridgeland, S.C.

The new American flag will help welcome veterans to the 268-acre piece of land, built as a sanctuary for veterans to relax and heal. The flag will fly permanently over the land starting on Memorial Day.

OPFOB will also conclude its 22-day long “Light the Fire” event on Monday. The event allows military veterans to attend an on-going bonfire at the property every night for 22 days in honor of the average number of veterans who die by suicide each day.

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