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First Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony held at Gentry Police Station

by Randy Moll | November 15, 2022 at 7:27 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Gentry school resource officer Barbara Duffney and Gentry patrol officer Chase Robison, both veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps, raise the flag in special Veterans Day ceremonies at the Gentry Police Station at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

GENTRY -- Veterans of America's wars were honored Friday at a special flag-raising ceremony held at the Gentry Police Station. The special event was timed to occur at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the time when hostilities were to cease due to the signing of the armistice between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne in France.

Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day, is commemorated every year on November 11 and has been expanded to remember the veterans of all U.S. wars.

After words from Gentry Mayor Kevin Johnston and Gentry American Legion post commander, Marie Wilbanks, Gentry school resource officer Barbara Duffney and Gentry patrol officer Chase Robison, both veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps, raised the U.S. flag at the police station and saluted the flag at the special Veterans Day ceremonies.

Following the flag raising, Wilbanks, together with youth from the American Heritage Troop AR 1102 sponsored by Victory Baptist Missionary Church, led those present in the pledge of allegiance.

Plans are to make the flag-raising ceremony an annual Veterans Day event to remember and honor those who fought to preserve America's freedoms.

photo Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Gentry school resource officer Barbara Duffney and Gentry patrol officer Chase Robison, both veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps, raised the flag in special Veterans Day ceremonies at the Gentry Police Station at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.
photo Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL After raising the flag on Nov. 11, Gentry school resource officer Barbara Duffney and Gentry patrol officer Chase Robison, both veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps, along with Gentry American Legion post commander Marie Wilbanks, salute the flag at the special Veterans Day ceremonies in Gentry.
photo Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Gentry American Legion post commander Marie Wilbanks speaks at the flag-raising ceremony held at the Gentry Police Station on Veterans Day.
photo Westside Eagle Observer/RANDY MOLL Gentry American Legion post commander Marie Wilbanks (right) led the pledge of allegiance at the Gentry Police Station on Veterans Day accompanied by youth from the American Heritage Troop AR 1102, which is sponsored by Victory Baptist Missionary Church in Gentry.

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