Local WWII vets honored on Flag Day

Veterans from our area were thanked for their service in honor of Flag Day. VFW Post 8787 in Austin selects one or two locations each year for Flag Day events and this year they chose the Clairmont Retirement Community Center because of the extraordinary group of veterans who live there.

"It allows us to come into the community that supported us, and allowing us to support them," Commander Ron McDavid, Capitol City VFW Post 8787.

One of the veterans honored was Lorrie Henderson. Henderson says serving in World War II is a moment in her life that she will always cherish. She served
in WAVES, the World War II division of the U.S. Naval Reserve. She says she was inspired to enlist after seeing a poster with the American flag on it, which is why it holds a special place in her heart.

"It means love of country, love of people who made up and who make up the country," says Henderson.

On Sunday, June 14 the flag was retired and new colors hoisted. Around 22 veterans also received a special certificate recognizing their sacrifice for our freedom.

"Today it made me proud. I was glad to have been a veteran and be honored," says Henderson.

"We all have shared a whole lot together, regardless of age, regardless of conflicts. We've all put our lives on the line and raised our hand. It's that love and respect for each other and for our flag, that we share on a day like today," says Commander McDavid.

On August 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed an Act of Congress, designating June 14th as National Flag Day.

Americans are encouraged to display the stars and stripes outside their homes and businesses, which is something that can be seen across the capital city.

"By recognizing Flag Day, not just the retirement of the old flag and the closing up of the new flag, it reminds us of the sacrifices that have been made by our veterans. Over 240 years, today is the birthday of the United States Army. All these sacrifices lay back to that flag," says Commander McDavid.

It's something that Henderson believes should always be shared.

"I think people need to be reminded of what was done," says Henderson.

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