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Residents of Long Co. celebrate Flag Day
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Major Christopher Carter was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier


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Last Saturday, Long County residents came out to recognize those who are protecting our country and those who have served in the past with the Long County Recognition and Military Appreciation/Flag Day Ceremony.
The day began at 10 a.m. with welcome speech by Joe Raymer of RMR and Associates, followed by an Invocation given by Reverend Paul Weldon of Tibet Baptist Church.
The Bradwell Institute Color Guard then presented the Colors and Judy Forshee sang the National Anthem.
After the National Anthem, key note speaker Maj. Christopher Carter, the 3rd Infantry Division's assistant chief of staff /G3 chief of training, took the podium.
"I want to thank you for honoring those who serve and our Flag on this great day," Carter said.
"I saw a special the other night on the History Channel. It was on our flag and exactly what it represented, and I will admit that when I see that flag go by, I still get tears in my eyes," Maj. Carter said.
Carter also honored the 411 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division who have died during the war on terrorism.
"These brave people gave their lives to prevent the gruesome hand of terrorism from being at our doorstep. We can honor them by paying respect to 'Old Glory' and what she represents," Carter said.
Carter also spoke of his relationship with God and his faith in the U.S. Flag.
"Whenever I have been in difficult times in my life, I could always count on two things," Cater said. "One was the Lord Jesus Christ who is my Savior, and the other was me being able to look over my shoulder and see the flag, that reminds me that I am apart of the greatest country in the world."
After Carter's address, Raymer unveiled a bronze plaque honoring veterans, which will remain in front of the Long County Court House.
Jean Milton, who attended the ceremony with her daughter and granddaughter, lost her son Tommy Smith in 1970 in the Viet Nam War.
"When you lose someone, it stays with you forever. A day like today is nice and I think it was a wonderful ceremony," Milton said.
After the ceremony, the crowd walked across the street to the Long County High School cafeteria, to enjoy barbecued chicken, pork, baked beans, cole slaw and bread.
Raymer, whose company, RMR and Associates, sponsored the event, said, "I think today went well, everyone had a good time, and I appreciate all who came out."
In addition to sponsoring the event, RMR and Associates provided meals to Coastal Manor Nursing Home after the ceremony.
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