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Local church to erect flag in honor of veterans

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By Beth Braden

Veterans and their families are invited to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Sept. 7 to a ceremony to dedicate a new flagpole.

“It’s a 35-foot flagpole, and it’s going to be dedicated in honor of the veterans of this area,” said Gerri Hinton, one of the event’s organizers.

The dedication program will begin at 7 p.m. Capt. William Jesse, who has served in the Persian Gulf, as well as Elder Trey Smith will speak. There will also be some musical numbers. The Campbell County Veterans Honor Guard will conduct the flag ceremony and 21-gun salute. Refreshments will be available after the program.

The elder originally had the idea to dedicate the flagpole.

“He himself is not a veteran, but he totally appreciates all that has been done by veterans,” Hinton said.

The church is located at 215 Wildwood Circle, LaFollette.