For a population of less than a thousand, Bent Mountain can boast seven World War II Veterans. Six of them were at this year’s Community Flag-Raising Ceremony at the old Bent Mountain School on Sunday, October 28. The event was part of the Veteran’s Day Celebration which was held to honor active duty service men and women as well as veterans. Cub Scout Pack 929, and the Military Honor Guard were present to honor the veterans; as well as Marlene Garber who presented the American flag in honor of her brother “Chief 8” Tim Worrell, who recently passed away after a battle with cancer.
The music was provided by the Bent Mountain Christian Academy accompanied by guitarist Karen Scott. The students led the National Anthem and later sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag along with the audience. There was a reception in the school foyer.
After the flags were raised the DAV or Disabled American Veterans shot off their ceremonial cannon as a salute to the America flag. Annie Krochalis led a moment of silence in respect for those who gave or are giving the ultimate sacrifice.
Following the ceremony, the flags were taken down and placed on the flag poles inside the school along with framed certificates. For now, the flags will only fly on special occasions. The Bent Mountain Community Center is hoping to purchase a light to shine on the flag, day and night. They hope that the flag will bring hope to the community and show pride for Bent Mountain.
You can view the photos taken by Joan Carver in the slideshow above or in a different view here.