On September 10, members of the Mary L. Blair American Legion Post 44 in Holton, Kan., And Veterans of the Foreign Wars Post 1367 carried a large American flag to the football field at Holton High School before the start. Match. As the flag was unfurled, several veterans in the stands came to help, wrote PO 44 Warrant Officer Gregg Moser on Legiontown.org.
An image of the veterans holding the flag was uploaded to the Post 44 Facebook page. It was on this Facebook post that Post 44 vice-commander Pat Fontaine asked 100 veterans, youth and community members. to help the next.
On September 24, at nearby Jackson Heights High School, members of American Legion Post 44 and VWF Post 1367 were again to carry the large American flag onto the field before the football game. However, with an insufficient number of veterans to hold the flag, match participants were asked to come forward and help carry it.
“WOW,” Moser wrote. “First the cheerleaders grabbed the flag, then the soccer players from both teams, then the match referees walked over to the flag, the people from the stands also walked the field to help support the flag. As you can see (in the photo) there were more people waving the big flag than positions available.
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Moser said when the high school band started playing the national anthem, it started to rain. But “everyone held on” to the flag.
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