2/28/14 Saying thanks in RED, WHITE and BLUE
|Patriotic banner finds a home at veterans office|
Sam Roberts / Times-News
Students in Joy Walker’s civics, economics and 1960s classes created a large flag with hand prints to honor local veterans. The flag now resides inside the Alamance County Veterans Service Office in Graham. Some of the students from Walker’s classes were on hand Thursday along with local veterans.
Saying thanks in RED, WHITE and BLUE
By Chris Lavender The Times-News 2/28/14
Reprinted with permission.
GRAHAM — Eastern Alamance High School student Kurstie DeHaven was among the 90 students last semester who designed a patriotic banner resembling the American flag which is now on display in the front lobby at the Alamance County Veterans Service Office in Graham.
DeHaven, 16, said Thursday that the banner displays her classmates’ appreciation for veterans and their service.
A brief ceremony was held Thursday at the Veterans Service Office to showcase the patriotic banner’s new permanent location. County Veterans Service Office Director Brenda Perry said officials didn’t want to see the banner destroyed or stored away somewhere in a place nobody could see it.
The banner was first unveiled by the students last November during the Veterans Day parade in Mebane. Since then, it was passed around to local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts for display.
Perry said it was decided the best place to showcase the banner was at the county Veterans Service Office. Eastern Alamance teacher Joy Walker’s students created the banner using their handprints to shape the stripes on the banner to make it appear as an American flag.
Walker said it was humbling to see her students’ work on display now at the office. Walker teaches 1960s-era history, civics and economics at Eastern Alamance.
Eastern Alamance students Milayn Dark, 16, and Harley Finn, 15, also expressed Thursday how proud they were to be part of the project.
“We helped paint it to show our individual respect to veterans,” Dark said.
Finn said she appreciated the freedom provided to her and her fellow classmates, which wouldn’t have been possible without the veterans’ sacrifice.
Ken Sellers, of VFW Post 1920, and Robert Wilkinson, of American Legion Post 95, attended the brief ceremony and thanked the students for their efforts.
“I think it’s great and it’s in a good place,” Wilkinson said.
Sellers said the banner was something the entire community could share and appreciate. So far, the response has been positive among those who see the banner for the first time on display at its new location.
Perry said she was inspired by the students’ project to work to do more for local veterans. She announced at the ceremony that a local committee has been formed to organize a Veterans Day parade for Graham in November. Perry said she received approval from County Manager Craig Honeycutt and Graham Mayor Jerry Peterman to organize the parade.
The Alamance County Veterans Service Office is located at 217 College St., in Graham.