Crowd Gathers to Watch Flag Raised For Vets

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

Valley veterans were honored with a special ceremony Saturday morning at the Joe Bowman Auto Plaza.

For the first time in ten years, an American flag was raised above the plaza after a new pole was recently installed.

More than 100 people came out to see the 60 square foot flag being raised. Seven members of JMU's ROTC helped hoist the flag up the 70 foot pole.

When WHSV asked why it took so long to get a flag installed, we found out flags of that size cost nearly one thousand dollars and the pole, thousands more.

The cost was nothing compared to the sacrifices our men and women made during their tours of duty.

"We've always flown one at home year round, pretty much," said Joe Bowman. "All my kids fly flags. And we wanted a pole here. My son, who's the dealer now is the one who really wanted it. He always wanted to put it up."

When the flag was raised the crowd cheered and honored those veterans by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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