“I want to thank all of you who either participated or attended (the June 14) Flag Retirement Ceremony. It was around 9:30 (at) night when the last of the flags were gone when I started to put the fire out. I then got help from Mother Nature and got soaked but it felt great.
A special thanks to Roger Harris, Larry Tunget, Steve Engle, Karen McAndrews and Linda McClure for being part of the armed forces color guard. And a very special thanks to Ken Winslow who arranges for all the guests who participate, the whole flag committee, and to Marylynne Winslow for the programs. Tom Quinn and Mayor Jesse Testruth for setting up the sound system… Rob and Kyle for helping me set up the bleachers and wood pile. Joan Miller for your introduction and I got a call from Walmart; they have an opening for you. The boy scouts and girl scouts. A special thanks to our magnificent police chief and all his officers.
I am not going to apologize for getting chocked up a few times. I take this ceremony very seriously and I would start thinking of my dad while reading so I couldn’t help it. It is very impressive to stand behind the fire when each of you retires your flag. I saw a lot of pride and respect for our flag and our country. I am very proud to be a part of this ceremony and bring this community service to the City of Southport.”
- Duane Langreck