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Story By: Brigitte Coles

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 11/1/2013

The final flag raising for the year Thursday evening at the Richland County Administration Building by the Joint Veterans Council of Richland County was indeed a special one.

The flag flown for 21 days in the memory of Army Airforce veteran, Lee Theaker, was taken down and presented to his sons Dennis and Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker.

The new flag raised honored Wallace Hardie Jr., a Marine from Shelby. Hardie is the father-in-law of Mayor Theaker.

More than 650 deceased veterans have been honored since the inception of the program. Bruce Phipps, coordinator for the Joint Veterans Council said the new flags fly for 21 days. He said the names of the deceased veterans are added to a plaque that hangs in the foyer of the Richland County Administration Building.

A total of 12 flag raising ceremonies are done annually. Phipps said the flags are donated by a family member and returned to them.

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