Originally created 07/06/97

Praises Flag Day photo and article

This letter is to applaud The Chronicle for the article with pictures printed in the Metro section on Flag Day, June 14. It concerned Lawrence Wigfall, age 62, and Gary Hamrick, age 50, workers at Augusta's King Mill, and how they tend the American flag that hangs atop the 19th century mill's six-story brick bell tower.

It is truly a demonstration of love of country when these two men for almost two decades have journeyed up four flights of narrow, creaky ladder stairs to reach the flag. Once on top, with safety belts around their waists, they've fought whipping winds to hang the 20-by-30 foot cloth flag, among the biggest in America.

Our flag is a magnificent symbol of the peace-loving and meaningful aspirations, hopes and dreams of our people of all ages, sexes, classes and cultural origins. It is the symbol of the sacrifices of brave men and women; of equal rights; of free institutions; of liberty under the law. It is the symbol of our national unity.

The Georgia Department of The Military Order of the World Wars, of which I am commander, salutes The Chronicle and Messrs. Wigfall and Hamrick.

Wayman J. Johnson, Atlanta


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