Now they have to find them.
That is making it hard to find the graves of members who have died since the fire company was founded in 1903.
The idea for the program, which sees a cast flag holder and firefighter's flag placed at the grave, came from a visit to a mountain cabin.
"Carl and Nancy Weicksel have a cabin in the mountains and when we visited them, they showed us the red flags [in the cemetery]. We thought we should be doing that for our members as well," Stoner said.
Quarryville's firefighters were interested in the idea and the local volunteers talked to several companies that do this and they sent samples.
One firm agreed to provide the holders and flags for about $30 each. The holders are red painted cast aluminum and lettered for the Quarryville Fire Company. The flags are red and carry a gold-colored maltese cross signifying the fire service.
"They were cast with the letters raised, powder coated, and painted red. They were sanded until the letters were aluminum colored," Stoner said. "It would have been cheaper to get ones with just the generic maltese cross, but we wanted people to know they were associated with the Quarryville Fire Company."
The volunteers ordered 50 flag holders and 100 flags.
"Then we sent a paper around the room asking our members if they knew which members had passed and where they were buried," Stoner said.
They came up with the names and burial places of 31 deceased members.
The most are in the Quarryville Cemetery.
"It's amazing how many we found at Quarryville, just walking around. A whole gang of the older guys did that," he said. Others former members are buried in the Middle Octorara, Union, Georgetown United Methodist, Chestnut Level, Strasburg Mennonite, and Mt. Hope United Methodist cemeteries.
"Each time we put a marker and a flag out, we write down who put it there and where the grave is," Stoner said.
That way, members will be able to check on the condition of the flags and replace those that become tattered or damaged.
"We expect to do that every year, the same as the veterans do for the American flags," he said.
The program started late last fall when the flags and holders were ordered.
"We received them after the first of the year. Then we sent members out looking and started to make phone calls," Stoner said.
To make sure they can honor as many deceased members as possible, the firefighters are asking families to help.
"We decided to ask for help right after Memorial Day. That's when many people had been out visiting family graves, and we hope they saw some of our flags and can let us know who else should be honored. If they have a family member who had been a member, we'd like them to call us and tell us where he's buried," Stoner said. Families can call the fire station at 717-786-2898 or Stoner at 717-786-3838.
"It's best if they call in the evening," he said.
The markers and flags will be installed at no cost to the family.
"We started with 50 because we had to start somewhere. We'll buy as many as we need and keep the flags fresh. We'll keep doing this as long as the company's around," Stoner said.