Clifton Avenue of Flags Celebrates 20th Anniversary - NJ Photographer Captures Photos

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Photo credit: Kate Ferraro / Freelance Photographer

The Avenue of Flags is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Clifton. Five times a year, volunteers in Clifton create the display in lanes along the streets of the City Hall complex. Volunteers gather at dawn to assemble the display and again at dusk to take them down. 

The tradition was started in 2002 by Clifton resident and Korean War veteran and Marine, John Biegel, who the historic flag barn in the City Hall complex was named for in 2018. Current organizer Keith Oakley worked with John for many years. Keith and a team of volunteers now maintain the flags through a nonprofit organization, Clifton Veterans Avenue of Flags.

Currently, the display includes over 2,228 flags each representing a veteran, 283 of which represent veterans killed in action. The Avenue of Flags is displayed on Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July, Patriot Day and Veterans Day. On July 31st the group is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the effort at a dinner at Bella Napoli restaurant in Bloomfield. Flags can be purchased in honor of a veteran. Donations can also be made to “Clifton Veterans Avenue of Flags” to help sustain the volunteer effort.

Kate Ferraro, a NJ photographer, was recently inspired to photograph the flags after visiting the display on Flag Day, explaining "I had heard about Clifton's Avenue of Flags since my aunt, Robyn White, works in the Recreation office in Clifton City Hall. When pulling onto and walking around the campus, the sheer size and volume of flags would give anyone chills. Standing amongst 2,000 flags while they whip in the wind is a sound I will never forget. Not only is this display a great honor for our fallen soldiers, but it's also a reminder that freedom truly isn't free."

Kate is a non-binary photographer and a 2020 graduate of William Paterson with a BFA in photography, currently working freelance in NJ. As a student photographer at William Paterson, Kate's work was published on the WP social media pages, in the WP magazine, and featured twice in the “Here/Now Juried Student Show”. Kate also has 100+ collaborative works made in partnership and displayed around the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Kate is currently working on an ongoing series titled "Faces of the LGBTQ+” Kate has also done a series titled "Scenes of Covid 19," both projects can be seen online here. ​Kate's work has also been featured in "Dreamy Magazine" in issues 147 and 181, Loving Wyoming Pride Art Show 2021, and SoHa PRIDE Art Show 2021, and their photos of the flags can be seen in the gallery below.

Additional photos of the flag display can be seen on the Clifton city website here



Photo credit: Kate Ferraro / Freelance Photographer
Photo credit: Kate Ferraro / Freelance Photographer
Photo credit: Kate Ferraro / Freelance Photographer
Photo credit: Kate Ferraro / Freelance Photographer
Photo credit: Kate Ferraro / Freelance Photographer
Photo credit: Kate Ferraro / Freelance Photographer
Photo credit: Kate Ferraro / Freelance Photographer
Photo credit: Kate Ferraro / Freelance Photographer
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