When David Keuhner, owner of the soon-to-be-built One Family Brewing in Lovettsville, heard Memorial Day ceremonies would be cancelled due to COVID-19, he wanted to do something to honor and remember the men and women who have served their country.
On Friday, in the field at One Family Brewing off Berlin Turnpike near West End Motors, now stands a wooden cedar cross, built by a combat veteran at Flags of Valor in Ashburn.
Around the cross are more than 400 flags sponsored by families in memory of loved ones.
"We wanted to do something to honor and remember and let people know we haven't forgotten. I usually do flags in my front yard in Aldie and thought it would be cool to put them here too," Keuhner said.
The cedar cross was erected with the help of his longtime friend Sean Dunn. They dug a three-foot hole and poured concrete to provide a permanent place for the cross.
In 2019, Keuhner bought the 27-acre property with plans to bring a farm-to-table brewery to Lovettsville, hopefully in the next year or two, he said.
His Memorial Day project has been sponsored by 600 families thus far. Word of the initiative has quickly spread, and 200 new sponsors were added Friday morning. Keuhner said his goal is 1,000, but he will keep adding flags as long as there is interest.
"I will put them out and we will have a name reading for all the families who have sponsored a flag on Memorial Day," Keuhner said.
More information can be found via onefamilybrewing.com.