The familiar miniature flags will be waving again at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
The cemetery will hold its Afghanistan War Flag Memorial updating ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday at its site at 700 N. George St., North York.
Volunteers -- including Gold Star families who lost loved ones in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars -- will help place miniature American flags on cemetery grounds in memory of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
On Saturday, 2,200 flags will be placed to represent the number of American soldiers who have died in Afghanistan.
Of those flags, 296 will honor soldiers from Pennsylvania. The memories of those soldiers also will be marked by Pennsylvania flags.
"This is the ninth year the flag display is going to appear on the hillside," said
Jack Sommer, the cemetery's managing partner.
"If it turns out that the conflict in Afghanistan will soon come to an end, this may be one of the final opportunities to attend the flag updating ceremony," he said.
"We would be happy to see the conflict end, see our soldiers safe and coming home."
A procession: Moments before the flag memorial event begins, the Patriot Guard Riders will escort a Heffner Funeral Home and Crematory vehicle containing the flags from Northgate Shopping Center, at 1500 N. George St., to the cemetery.
The York County Sheriff's Office will guide the procession.
The cemetery's flag memorial program began in 2005 and previously included honor ceremonies for U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq.
The cemetery also has a Fallen Hero Banner display that posthumously recognizes fallen soldiers who have ties to York County, and a Court of Valor Memorial that currently displays the names of 279 local service members who have received medals of valor.
The court features a piece of steel from the former New York-based World Trade Center that was destroyed in the terrorist attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001.
In November, Prospect Hill Cemetery dedicated its digital Fallen Heroes Memorial, which features kiosk showing images and information of U.S. soldiers who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.