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Flag-raising ceremony to honor Henry Bryant Keith

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WAKE FOREST — Area residents are invited to the 32nd Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, gateway to the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The Monday service will honor Henry Bryant Keith, who served his nation in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Members of Keith’s family will participate in the ceremony, which will include 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 will raise the U.S. Marine Corps service flag in recognition of the military branch in which Keith served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout May.

Photographs and other remembrances of Keith will also be displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then 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. typically 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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