Longview Group Celebrates Flag Day

Respect for a symbol that has been fought for many times and carried in thousands of parades through generations, is paid today to old glory at a Longview rest home. World War II and Korean War veterans at Eastman Estates held a flag day ceremony today.

"I grew up honoring the flag, it never occurred to me to do otherwise" said World War II Navy nurse, Nancy Burford.

World War II Navy veteran John Vannatta got his legislators to donate flags and a flagpole so he and fellow residents of Eastman could celebrate today, something important to him.

"It does mean something to me , in fact it hurts me to see someone mistreat, in don't understand why more people aren't enthusiastic about this"  said Vannatta.

"Other people that have shed blood for this national symbol this symbol needs to recognized and remembered" said American legion post 131 commander Mark Dheil.

American Legion and VFW members presided over a solemn ceremony, where old glory was raised with pride.

"It still means so much , and I hope it will for generations" says Burford.

The Amercian flag was approved and established by the Continental Congress on June 14th , 1777. The ceremonial flags used today were donated by Congressman Louie Gohmert and State Representative Kevin Eltife.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com