First Posted: 1/15/2009
WOW flag presentation recalls and thanks
In a simple ceremony Monday afternoon, members of the local Woodmen of the World Lodge #710 observed the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. They did so by presenting an American flag to the Town, which will be flown on the flagpole the lodge presented to the Jane Hall Hylton Pavilion project last year. The American flag was flying at half-staff Monday.
“We come here today in remembrance of those who died five years ago,” said WOW agent Debbie Edwards, “and in honor of those emergency responders, police and firefighters, who each day put their lives on the line for the citizens of the United States of America. They are with us through life.”
In presenting the flag to Mayor Buddy Westbrook, WOW Lodge secretary Helen Cain said, “Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society is an organization dedicated to promoting honor and respect for our country, the great USA and our community, St. Pauls.
“Today, we are proud to dedicate this flag in honor and remembrance of the victims and heroes of 9/11, a tragic event that has affected us all, and also as a salute to our armed forces at home and abroad and our local heroes, our police officers and firefighters.
“We pray that God will continue to bless and protect those who put their lives in harm’s way for us each day.
“We Woodmen thank you, Mr. Westbrook, and your entire staff, for keeping St. Pauls a wholesome and safe community to reside in.”
Upon accepting, Mayor Westbrook said, “On behalf of the citizens of St. Pauls, thank you for the pole and the flag that will so proudly wave from it. They have really made a beautiful difference in our downtown. Officially accepting them today is especially meaningful as we look back to September 11, 2001 and realize how much, and how often, we take things for granted.”