Members of the American Legion Post 81 presented new American and Kentucky State flags to Spring View Health and Rehabilitation on Saturday, May 17, which was also National Armed Services Day.
Veterans of previous United States conflicts who are Spring View residents - Floyd Cook, Raymond Pearl, and Murrell Wilkins - attended the flag-raising ceremony to salute the new flags and honor the retired flags.
The veterans were given the opportunity to hold the new American flag prior to its raising, as well as speak on the occasion and their time served in the military.
Wilkins said, “I’m just thankful I’m alive.”
Residents of Spring View who are also veterans but were unable to attend the flag-raising ceremony include, Doyle Harrell (Spurier), Tom Burks, Omer Powell, Willie Jaggers, and George Williamson, according to Spring View Interim Administrator Jessica Porter.
Spring View’s old flags were removed and replaced by current AL Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason and former AL Post 81 Commander Tim Elliott.
The flags will be retired and burned on Flag Day (Saturday, June 14). American flags, State flags, and Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) flags will all be retired on Flag Day, according to Thomason.
After the flags have been burned, their ashes are buried in a special, fenced plot, said Elliot.
Thomason said he and members of the American Legion have recently begun travelling around the community to visit cemeteries, churches, and other places with American flags to observe the condition of the flags.
Thomason encouraged any person or business who in possession of or knows of a flag that needs to be retired to contact the American Legion Post 81, who will either accept the flags or remove them personally.
To contact American Legion Post 81, call 270-259-6293 or 270-259-3584.