Chuck Martin/News Members of the Knox County Joint Veterans Council raise the new flag on the flag pole in front of The Living Center.

Chuck Martin/Mount Vernon News

Members of the Knox County Joint Veterans Council raise the new flag on the flag pole in front of The Living Center. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — A fresh flag flies in front of The Living Center today after the Knox County Joint Veterans Council raised a new one in the center’s annual Flag Day observance Thursday.

Knox County Veterans Service Officer Kevin Henthorn delivered the keynote address, speaking behind a podium draped with the weather-worn flag that had been removed from the flag pole. He related the story of Francis Scott Key observing the bombardment of Fort McHenry at Baltimore from a ship in the British fleet attacking the fort, and being inspired by the sight of the fort’s giant flag still flying when the sun rose.

He also spoke of the emotions he felt when, while visiting Nashville, he ran across an exhibit featuring a recording of Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag.”

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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