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PRINCETON (WVVA) -- A crowd gathered outside of the Mercer County Courthouse to observe the Annual Children's Memorial Flag Day Event Friday.

Mercer County's is just one of the events taking place across the nation. It is held every year on the fourth Friday in April.

The flag represents the loss of children to violence in the United States each year.

Blue pinwheels and ribbons are on display at courthouses and businesses around the state to show support for child abuse prevention.

Greenbrier County also held a ceremony to honor victims of child abuse and recognize its survivors.

A local JROTC raised the commemorative flag at the county courthouse there as well, and 150 pinwheels on the lawn represented the 750 children who have been helped by Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas County communities this year.

Speakers from area child abuse prevention agencies awarded Greenbrier County citizens for their advocacy and efforts to prevent child abuse.

Activists say everyone can play a role in tackling this problem.

Roger Lockridge, the Child and Youth Advocacy Center's Program Director in Lewisburg, said, "When you see it happening or even if you suspect something is happening, you have to do something."

Lockridge said it's required for adults to report child abuse if they see or suspect it occurring. "Most importantly, if a child discloses it to you, learn what you have to do in order to report it," he said. "Let them know they will be safe. Find ways to help children at the end of the day."

The CYAC, Children's Home Society, Davis Stuart Center, and CASA sponsored the event in Greenbrier County.

For a list of tips on what to do if you suspect child abuse in your community, click here.

You can also click here for a list of signs a child may be being abused.

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