Paying tribute: 1,000 flag salute to past and present American veterans

This display of 1,000 American flags pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands of past and present American veterans who have served their country and to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Each flag is purchased by individuals and organizations to honor a military veteran. (WBFF)

CATONSVILLE, Md. (WBFF)-- Albert Medeiros gets shivers when he watches the American flags waving in the wind.

The 86-year-old Korean War veteran who also fought in the Vietnam War said those chills also come with a question.

"As I walk among the flags I'm reminded of those I once knew," said Medeiros. "It seems so very long ago and I ask myself, 'Why? Why did I come back?' "

Medeiros is surrounded by more than 1,000 full-sized American flags as he reflects on both wars while his granddaughter, Becca Fox, absorbs stories that she hasn't heard before.

"It's emotional," said Fox. "I'm overwhelmed. I'm very proud to have been born into this family."

The rows of banners are part of the Charlestown Retirement Community's 'Field of Honor'.

The Catonsville senior living community along with Hubbard Funeral Home have held the Memorial Day weekend event for the past four years.

Individuals and organizations sponsor individual flags to honor military veterans.

Medeiros purchased a couple of flags to pay tribute to two extended family members.

"They're the only ones in our family that I could think of that we haven't sponsored yet," said Medeiros.

Proceeds from this year's event will go to Warfighter Sports, an organization that provides sports rehabilitation for injured veterans, and the Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund.

The flags will be on display outside the community on Maiden Choice Lane until Monday at 9 p.m.