The annual Mt. Lebanon Flag Ceremony took place on July 4, at Mt. Lebanon Museum. Fifty people were in attendance from Shreveport, Benton, Minden, Dubberly, Arcadia, Ruston, Gibsland and Mt. Lebanon. Guest speaker was Rev. Kevin Smith, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church of Ruston.
The flag was raised by Tate Towns and Clayton Towns, assisted by their father Steve Towns. The flag was unfolded and displayed during the Pledge of Allegiance. Guests sang “The Star Spangled Banner” after the flag was placed. Military songs of each branch of service were played, and veterans stood as their branch of service so was played. The crowd applauded these veterans for their service to our country. Guests sang American the Beautiful at the conclusion of the service.
Veterans in the photo are: Pat Stinson (Army), Terry Clason (Marines), Charles Butler (Air Force), Mike Stephenson (Army), Jack Land (Army), Tommy Youngblood (Army), Wallace Reed (Army), Lestar Martin (Army) and Orin Flanigan (Army). Mr. Flanigan, age 94, was the oldest veteran in attendance.