Prattville – At a ceremony on Friday, July 24, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Director Doni Ingram presented a Blue Star Service Flag to Mayor Jim Byard Jr. Also involved in the ceremony were family members of the Alabama National Guard’s 217th Military Police Company.
The ceremony included a video link with the MPC who left Prattville on June 30 and are deployed at Ft. Dix in New Jersey before heading for a year’s assignment in Iraq. The link included Senator Jeff Sessions and U. S. Representatives Bobby Bright and Mike Rogers.
“This flag will hang at City Hall in honor and in tribute to the men and women of our own 217th MP Company, as well as our soldiers deployed in harm’s way,” said Mayor Byard.
“I appreciate being included in this touching ceremony. Although these troops haven’t reached their final destination, they’ve been gone long enough to miss important family milestones. One soldier got to see his young son walk for the first time during the video conference. It was an emotional moment,” continued the Mayor.
The Blue Star Flag was created in 1917 and people hung it in their windows to denote that a family member was serving in the armed forces. The blue stands for hope and pride. During World War I, the blue star became gold if a service member was killed or died while on active duty.
Article by Melissa Parker
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