Area residents are invited to the 22nd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
The Sept. 11 service will honor Willis Holding Winston, who served his nation in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Members of Winston’s family will participate in the ceremony, which will include patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising. Following the raising of the American flag, the U.S. Marine Corps service flag will be raised in recognition of the military branch in which Winston served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout September.
Photographs and other remembrances of Winston will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the Town Hall lobby through the end of the month.
Presented by several local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are scheduled in Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. – typically on the first Monday of each month from April through October. The September observance will take place on the second Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.
The services are provided at no cost and intended solely to honor departed veterans and their families.
The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee continually solicits the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future flag-raising ceremonies. To be eligible for consideration, the deceased 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.
For more information, including the complete 2017 Memorial Flag-Raising schedule, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Memorial Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.