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  • Group dedicates large flag at car wash

  • A cold drizzle Sunday couldn’t chill or dampen the enthusiasm Sunday as Frontenac American Legion Post 43 and community members turned out to dedicate a giant flag at the Old Glory Car Wash.

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  • A cold drizzle Sunday couldn’t chill or dampen the enthusiasm Sunday as Frontenac American Legion Post 43 and community members turned out to dedicate a giant flag at the Old Glory Car Wash.
    “Welcome and thank you for turning out on this sunny day,” joked Don Morey, post commander. “If any of you get a little warm, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.”
    The post provided the 60-by-30 foot flag, which flies from a 120-foot flag pole. Giant flags were previously flown at the car wash, owned by Skip Hale, but this became too expensive. The flags cost around $1,500 and generally last a year at best.
    The legion stepped in after member Floyd Simon said how much he missed seeing the big flag.
    The formal dedication was made by Raymond Vail, Arma, American Legion Third District commander, who said that he dedicated the flag to all of those who had fallen in its defense.
    “If  people around the world think the United States no longer respects the flag, they should stop by Frontenac, Kansas,” he said.
    Vail then led the crowd attending in the first Pledge of Allegiance to the new flag.
    Featured speaker was Lt. Col. Christopher Lambert, chairman of the Pittsburg State University military science department.
    “This is awe-inspiring,” he said. “I’ve only seen one flag that was a little bigger at El Paso, Texas. The City of Juarez, Mexico, put up a big flag, so El Paso put up a U.S. flag that was slightly bigger.”
    Lambert said that he had grown up on military bases around the world.
    “Whenever we went to a movie theater, we stood to salute the flag before the movie started,” he said. “When I got to the United States and went to a theater, I was stunned that they didn’t do that here.”
    Lambert told the story of Mike Christian, U.S. Naval flying officer, who was shot down and captured by the enemy in 1967 in Vietnam. Christian collected some red, white and blue fabric, made a needle from bamboo and sewed an American flag on the inside of his shirt.
    “His captors took the flag away from him and beat him,” Lambert said. “When he got back to his cell, he made another flag.”
    He called on the crowd to see that youngsters are taught what the flag stands for.
    “I gladly serve under this banner, and will continue to do so,” Lambert said.
    “We’re so proud to bring this symbol back and have it fly over Frontenac,” Morey said.
    Music was provided by the “Old Glory Band,” which was formed for the occasion at the request of Adam Lusker, who headed the committee in charge of the project.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Adam asked us to put something together,” said Daniel Warlop. “We’re all Pittsburg State University alumni or students and we all know each other, so we did a medley of patriotic music.”
    Other band members were Trey Wadell, Heidi Warlop, Taylor Rea and Ryan Robinson.
    Fr. Tom Stroot gave the invocation.
    “We dedicate this flag in honor of all those who have served their country in war and peace,” he said.
    Pastor Blair Thompson of the Frontenac United Methodist Church gave the benediction.
    “God’s love crosses every boundary and nation,” she said. “We pray for peace within families, between neighbors and nations.”

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