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Published September 14, 2013, 06:33 PM

A flag for the fallen

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A soldier killed in Afghanistan is remembered with the flag he was fighting for.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A soldier killed in Afghanistan is remembered with the flag he was fighting for.

Adam Ray's parents installed a flagpole in his honor in front of Valley Christian Church.

Donna Ray says the American Flag has always had a special meaning to her.

Donna Ray- Adam’s Mother: "A symbol of our country is the American Flag, and that is one of the reasons my son was over there."

Her son is Sergeant Adam Ray: A soldier killed in action while serving in Afghanistan February 9th, 2010.

Now, Donna and her husband Jim are honoring their son by putting a flagpole in front of Valley Christian Church, where Jim is a pastor.

It will stand for more than just their son, but as a tribute to all fallen military.

Jim Ray- Adam’s Father: "We didn't want to make this only about Adam. Adam: Obviously, we love him and he means so much to us, but there's an awful lot of other families experiencing the same thing."

Members of the congregation, young and old, came out to help install the pole.

Donna Ray: "They've been my rock since we've had to deal with this whole situation."

The flagpole was donated by Flags for Fallen Military, an organization that has honored more than 300 soldiers this way since 2006.

David and Lisa Larson drove from Eden Prairie to help the Rays' remember their son.

David Larson- Flags for Fallen Military: "After you've experienced it once or been involved with it once, it just becomes a real passion. It's become a real passion for me. I spend a tremendous amount of time on this, but I'm never tired."

And as they raise this flag, Donna says those stars and stripes shine even brighter.

Donna Ray: "It means more now. It's more of a symbol that my son died for that flag, so we have the right to have the opportunity to put it up."

Both Donna and Jim Ray are also veterans.