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City of Madison to host event for flag raising ceremony

Oct 30 2019
Phil Perry |Coal Valley News

MADISON — The City of Madison will hold a flag raising ceremony on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. to recognize the West Virginia Gold Star Mother’s flag.

The organization represents mothers who have lost a son or daughter in combat or as a result of their military service. The flag will be respectfully hung at the intersection between Route 17 and Route 85 at the corner of Mike’s Tire Shop.

On hand for the event will be Hershel “Woody” Williams, 96, who is the only living West Virginia Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. A Marine, he received his medal for combat action on Iwo Jima during World War II.

Following the war, Williams worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for 33 years as a Veterans Service Representative, allowing him to continue serving veterans and their families. He retired after serving 20 years in the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves.

Madison VFW Post 5578 will also be on hand for the event, which will take place prior to the City of Madison’s regular session meeting at 7 p.m.

“We are excited and honored to recognize this flag in the city of Madison and we encourage the community to attend the event,” said City Manager Chet Burgess.

The town of Danville also received a flag from the Gold Star Mothers and according to Mayor Mark McClure, will hold a similar ceremony to hang the flag in the town.