29th Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony to honor Rufus Forrest

Town of Wake Forest News

Area residents are invited to the 29th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. The program will take place in Centennial Plaza, in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

The Sept. 10 service will honor Rufus Forrest, who served his nation in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Members of Forrest’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. Navy service flag in recognition of the military branch in which Forrest served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout September.

Photographs and other remembrances of Forrest 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 September observance takes place each year on the second Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.

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, including the complete 2018 Memorial Flag-Raising schedule, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “Memorial Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or [email protected].

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