American Legion group dedicates brand new flag to car wash.
In Frontenac, Kansas, not even a cold chill in the air and slight drizzle could stop a special American flag dedication ceremony put on by the American Legion Post 43. The Post is also responsible for donating the new set of stars and stripes. Many community members turned out to honor the new giant America flag at Old Glory Car Wash, which now proudly flies right outside their front doors. Don Morey, post commander, welcomed and thanked the crowd for attending.
The 60-by-30 foot flag, provided by the Post, waves from a 120-foot flagpole. However, this is not the first giant American flag to adorn the car wash. Owner Skip Hale is a big fan of the stars and stripes, but says these larger flags get fairly expensive to maintain. They run around $1,500 a flag and generally last a year before retirement calls. This forced Hale to take a break from his long running American flag tradition. The Legion decided to step in when one member, Floyd Simon, mentioned how much he missed seeing the big flag fly.
Raymond Vail, Arma, American Legion Third District commander, made the official dedication of which he call it an honor to dedicate the flag to all those who had fallen in its defense. The crowd then joined in unison saying the very first Pledge of Allegiance to the brand new flag. This ceremony also featured guest speaker Lt. Col. Christopher Lambert, chairman of the Pittsburg State University military science. He called the flag “awe-inspiring” and one of the biggest flags he’d ever seen. Music by the “Old Glory Band” (which was formed specifically for this event) really took the ceremony to the next level in honoring this new landmark.
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