Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, but let’s not forget what it’s really about. It’s a time to honor those who have fought, and will continue to fight to protect our country and freedom.

There’s one thing that’s pretty impressive that is honoring the military. That one thing consists of 120 American flags that have been tied with black ribbons on utility poles along Route 9 in Latham. I heard about this on Fox 23 News and I had to check it out for myself.

The Colonie organization, founded by Tom Regan, that put this together is called ‘Operation: Please Remember Me’. The flags represent the 1,201 Albany area men and women that sacrificed their lives for our country, since World War II.

This display of patriotism began on Saturday, May 17, with a procession of motorcycles of Patriot Guard Riders that were paying tribute. There’s also an article in the Troy Record about the display of flags and ‘Operation: Please Remember Me’. The display will remain on the poles until July 4.

The flags are on utility poles on Route 9 from Route 155 in Latham to the Albany city line. They also have solar powered lights above them to illuminate them at night.

I took a few pictures of the flags, but the pictures don’t really do the display justice. It’s very impressive to see it for yourself.