The Town of Wake Forest and several local veterans organizations will honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families during flag-raising ceremonies scheduled monthly from April through November.
A committee composed of representatives from American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League Detachment 1257, the Wake Forest High School JROTC and the Town of Wake Forest is seeking the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future flag-raising ceremonies.
To be eligible for consideration, the veteran must meet one of the following criteria: 1) joined active duty in Wake Forest; 2) died in Wake Forest; or 3) was a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization.
Friends or family members of deceased veterans who meet at least one of these criteria are urged to contact Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee Chairman Dennis Mecum at 919-327-7887 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family and friends of each month’s honored veteran are invited to participate in the service, which includes patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath-laying and the ceremonial flag-raising by members of the Wake Forest High School JROTC. After raising the American flag, the JROTC then raises the respective service flag of the military branch in which the honoree served. Both flags are then flown in Centennial Plaza throughout the remainder of the month.
The next ceremony is scheduled for Monday, April 4, at 11 a.m.
For more information about the Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremonies, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/memorial-flag-raising-ceremony.aspx, or contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421 or email@example.com.