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Flag-raising ceremony honors father and son veterans

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WAKE FOREST — The 33rd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony was held Monday in Centennial Plaza, where a father and son were honored for their military service.

The Monday service honored a father, Wallace Denton, who served in the U.S. Army, and son, Everette Reid Denton, who served in the U.S. Navy.

Members of the Denton family participated in the ceremony, which included patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath-laying and the ceremonial flag-raising. After raising the American flag, the Wake Forest Fire Department Honor Guard raised the U.S. Army service flag, followed by the U.S. Marine Corps service flag, in recognition of the military branches in which both Dentons served. The three flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout June.

Photographs and other remembrances of the Dentons were displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony and will be showcased in the town hall lobby through the end of the month.

Presented by several local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are scheduled in Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of each month from April through October. The services are provided at no cost and intended solely to honor departed veterans and their families.

The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee solicits the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future flag-raising ceremonies. To be eligible for consideration, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria: 1) joined active duty in Wake Forest; 2) died in Wake Forest; or 3) was a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization.

For more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or bflambert@mindspring.com.

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