American Flag display honors deceased Pike County veterans

Published 9:39 pm Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The American flag display at Troy’s Bicentennial Park is a project dedication of American Legion Auxiliary Post 70 Troy.

Auxiliary President Elaine McLeod said the American flag display has been a Troy and Pike County tradition for more than 30 years.

The American flags fly on all patriotic holidays in memory of Pike County veterans of all wars beginning with World War I.

“It is right that we should honor those whose service to country has preserved the freedoms that all Americans enjoy today,” McLeod said. “All veterans represented by these flags, signed a blank check when they enlisted in the United State Military saying they were willing to give their lives for this flag. That is a commitment they were more than willing to make.”

The name of each veteran represented by an American flag, 439 of them, is also listed on the Wall of Honor at Bicentennial Park.

The names of Charles Winston Meeks and William E. Finn will be placed on the Wall of Honor today as part of the 2021 Veterans Day Program at Bicentennial Park.

“Flying the American flags on all patriotic holidays is a way to remind others of the sacrifices that have been made for our country, to honor our veterans and to instill greater pride in our country,” McLeod said.

On behalf of American Legion Auxiliary Post 70 and American Legion Post 70, McLeod expressed appreciation to the City of Troy for the posting of the flags.

Those who would like an American flag to fly in memory of a Pike County veteran and to have his/her name listed on the Wall of Honor, may call McLeod at -1-334-465-0067 for more information.