Climax holds 25th annual ‘Flag Day’ celebrationPublished 9:42am Tuesday, June 18, 2013
By JEAN OUZTS
The city of Climax held its 25th annual celebration downtown in Parker Park on Saturday, in recognition of National Flag Day, which was Friday, June 14.
Mayor Charles Hadsock gave the welcome and recognized the dignitaries. He said, “The American flag is the most recognized symbol of freedom in the world today and stands foremost in the principles of a democratic society, being liberty, justice, honor, quality and freedom of choice. Our flag — the Stars and Stripes — is the true symbol of everything we stand for as Americans.”
Hadsock expressed appreciation for everyone attending and introduced Deacon Leo Wise, a veteran, who gave a most inspiring invocation.
Karen Cooper, representing Woodmen of the World, presented all U.S. flags, as follows: city of Climax, Parker Park, Climax Community Club, Climax Volunteer Fire Department, and Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Bonnie Maloy, president of the Climax Golden Agers, presented the Georgia state flag to the City of Climax. Darlene Collins, president of the Climax Community Club, presented the Georgia state flag for Parker Park.
Sandra Thomas, chair of the Flag Day celebration, recognized all veterans present, and gave a salute to the flag and the veterans. She said, “With every flag I see, it’s a reminder that this land is free. I give my thanks to America’s best, brave heroes like you above all the rest.” Thomas then thanked all veterans for their service.
Bainbridge High School Jr. ROTC, under the direction of Lt. Col. Dave Stewart, retired the old flags and raised the new U.S. and Georgia flags in Parker Park.
Gary Brinson, also a veteran, was the ceremony’s guest speaker. He complimented Climax as one of the small American towns that still recognizes Flag Day.
“I thank you for honoring our flag,” he said.
Brinson also said the importance of the flag wasn’t the material it was made from or how big or small it was. He said that it was the meaning and what the flag stood for that made it so special.
It symbolizes the principles of the foundation of America, he said. He also discussed the proper etiquette of the flag.
“No disrespect is to be shown to the American flag,” he said. The flag, representing a living country, makes for a living thing — the American flag.”
He said flag etiquette should be taught in our homes, and in our schools. Brinson also recalled the proper etiquette for flying the flag, and how to display it. He concluded by recognizing several places that he considered to be hallowed ground where veterans had served, and where Old Glory flew proudly.
Katrinia Douglas sang the national anthem, and the pledge of allegiance was led by council member Robert Thomas. Closing the celebration was Sam Sirmons, who led the audience in the singing of “America The Beautiful.”