DISAPPEARING FLAGS

NEWS FROM THE HUT by John Hamilton

Photo by John Hamilton

This past weekend, including Monday, May 31, 2021, was our Memorial Day celebration and the honoring of veterans who gave their last full measure. After putting out the flags on Main Street, highway 99 and 20, we were scheduled to pick up the flags on Tuesday, June 1st, but because of the rain, the flags were too wet. We did pick up the flags on Wednesday, June 2nd. During the pickup of the special military flags, two flags were missing. The two missing flags are the POW-MIA flag and the US Coast Guard flag. The POW-MIA flag was at the 4-way on the corner right across from the Dollar General in front of the Pioneer Store/Dividing Bread. The US Coast Guard flag was on the opposite side of the street in the next block to the west of the 4-way. The American Legion, Post 142 buys and maintains all of the flags. We try to keep the flags in the best condition we can, but when we cannot repair them or they have been taken, like in the case of the most recent flags taken, then our Hominy Post 142 has to buy new flags. The POW-MIA flag was brand new and had been put out only twice before it disappeared.

Babo Carter

This past Saturday, June 5th, many of the Legionnaires from Post 142 and SAL members showed up at the cemetery to collect the small flags put out for Memorial Day under direction of Hominy’s flagman, Babo Carter. Babo is an especially important member of our Post 142 and has been honored by the city several times for his dedicated service to take care of all the flags at the cemetery year-round. I would like to recognize Babo once again for his undying service to our Post and to the city for his diligence in servicing and maintaining the flags. Babo Carter is definitely the Hominy and Post 142 Flagman.

Until further notice, our regular Legion meeting will be the third Thursday of each month. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, June 17th at 7:00 PM. The Sons of the American Legion meetings have been suspended until further notice. We have resumed the tradition of the dinner at the meetings now on the third Thursday of each month. The Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings have been resumed at 8:00 AM. If you are a veteran, come by for our monthly meeting, and/or the Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings. Several of the Post 142 members meet on Wednesday’s at Daylight Donuts for coffee and a breakfast treat around 8:00 AM. If you have a good story, it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at the Post 142 website “americanlegion142.org” and Hominy Legion on Facebook.

About American Legion Post #142

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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