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Honoring and Retiring the Flag

Boones Mill – June 14th marks the 241st birthday of Old Glory, the world’s prominent symbol of freedom and independence. Flag Day, first established by Bernard Cigrand in 1885, is marked by displaying the American flag in homes and public buildings, flag-raising ceremonies, parades, and other public celebrations.

Mountain View Memorial Park will host a flag retirement ceremony and car show to honor Flag Day on Saturday, June 16th. At 11:00 a.m., the ceremony will be conducted by Boy Scout Troop 129 from Boones Mill, led by Terry Bridges. As part of the celebration, a flag collection box is in place at the entrance to the park in front of the office. Individuals can place deteriorated flags in the box, which will be properly disposed of by a flag burning ceremony according to flag etiquette. Flags can be deposited at any time leading up to the ceremony. The burning will take place near the entrance to Forest Rest Natural Cemetery. The car show will begin at 9:00 am and will be hosted by Outlaw Cruisers of Rocky Mount.

Mountain View Memorial Park is located outside of Boones Mill in Franklin County at 5970 Grassy Hill Road.

For more information please contact
Dena Custer, Mountain View Memorial Park

Memorial Day Observance

In observance of Memorial Day, members of VFW Post 1264 will place flags on the graves of veterans in Evergreen Burial Park beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thursday May 25, 2012. The cadets of the Patrick Henry High School ROTC under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Steven Boyd will assist, weather permitting.

An estimated 4000 veterans are buried at Evergreen, including Russell William “Jack” Ingram and Rudy Obenchain who were killed on D-Day and Andre Portevin Fallwell who penned “Lest We Forget,” the poem engraved on the Veterans Memorial in Lee Plaza.

Evergreen Burial Park is located between the Wasena and Raleigh Court neighborhoods in southwest Roanoke City.

For further information contact Donald E. Wilson.

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