Clarion County gets its flags for gravesites

The small American flags fly, row after row, above the grave of every veteran in Clarion County, and this year will be no exception.

That may not be true in every county in Pennsylvania however as the flags were a victim of the COVID-19 virus.

Clarion County Veterans Affairs director Judy Zerbe said the manufacturer she uses, Montgomery County-based Flagzone, has been shut down.

“Flagzone was not granted a waiver to open or to even ship the flags that were manufactured and just needed shipped out,” said Zerbe. “I think that is very sad. There are counties in Pennsylvania that will not have flags but Clarion is not one.

“I was able to get flags through a company in Illinois,” said. “They are 8 by 12 instead of 12 by 18, the size we usually have.”

“They arrived last Thursday afternoon,” said Zerbe, who has been laid off from the county during the COVID-19 crisis. “I sorted them Friday and many of the cemeteries picked up the flags on Friday.”

Jefferson County Veterans Affairs director Krupa Steele said she had ordered the flags for the graves in Jefferson County before the shutdown of non-essential businesses in the state.

“The flags will be flying in Clarion County,” said Zerbe.