The idea for the Boulevard of Flags came into being after Memorial Day in 1995. We wanted a way to honor the veterans in the Eastlake area year-round, not just on Veterans Day, Memorial Day or July 4th. They served our country and we wanted to show how much we appreciate their sacrifice and dedication to our Country. Originally the goal was to have approximately 200 to 300 flags displayed. Through the generosity of donations from Veterans groups and local businesses we initially raised over $25,000 allowing for the purchase of over 500 flags. We honor 26
The Mayor from the City of Eastlake in June of 2002, wrote a letter to the Federal Government respectfully asking for a piece of the steel taken from the World Trade Center to construct a memorial on the Boulevard of Flags to remember to events of this day in history that no one will never forget, September 11, 2001. Our request was granted, and the City of Eastlake received 2 pieces of steel, a lamppost and pieces of granite from the lobby of the World Trade Center. The City of Eastlake was later contacted by the Federal Government inquiring if the City would be interested in an actual piece of the Pentagon Building for the Memorial as well. City Representatives made the trip to Washington, DC to pickup these exceptional memorial pieces for our City and it was during this trip that the Representatives stopped in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and contacted the Somerset County Sheriff to request soil from the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93. The site where the fourth hi-jacked plane on 9/11 crashed prior to reaching its final destination. Graciously, the property owner, Joyce Launtz (who also has relatives living in the City of Eastlake) granted the City of Eastlake’s wish.
The Memorial design represents all three sites affected by the tragic events that occurred on 9/11 – World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA. At the site of 9/11 Memorial at the Boulevard of Flags – the Pentagon shaped base represents the Pentagon Building; the two stone pillars represent the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the grassy area represents the earth from Shanksville, PA. The memorial design is to respect the 3,000 individuals who lost their lives that tragic day and so that we, those who were not there could take a moment to touch and feel actual pieces from the affected sites to honor, respect and remember the events of 9/11a day in our country’s history that will never be forgotten. The plaque at the memorial site lists the names of those individuals who donated materials, their time and talents to making the 9/11 Memorial a reality at no cost to the City.
War Dog Memorial
To honor the service dogs that protected our soldiers during World War I and II, Korea and Vietnam, a memorial was built also at the Boulevard of Flags site in 2002. To our knowledge, this is the first memorial to be built in the United States to be attached to a dog park where visitors can bring their pets to run freely. To learn more about Smoky Butch, a German shepherd and Joe a Doberman and other War Dogs, please visit www.wardogs.com.