Cemetery flag flies in honor

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
The flag at Manila Cemetery flies in honor of the officers and crew aboard the destroyer USS Russell DDG 59. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The latest American Flag placed at the Manila Cemetery by R.J. Bennett, retired U.S. Marine, is flying in honor of the officers and crew aboard the destroyer USS Russell DDG 59.

The flag was donated by Scott Adams, husband of Misty Bennett Adams. Mr. Adams is a crew member aboard the USS Russell.

"The flag is flying with honor and we wish the best of luck and smooth sailing to the officers and crew of the USS Russell," Bennett said. "The American flag is always flown at the Manila Cemetery in honor of former military members that are buried there. We are proud of our men and women that served in the military and this is one way that we can honor them and show our appreciation for their service."

Bennett takes care of the flag at the cemetery and makes sure that when it is time to retire a flag, it is done correctly. He sees that the cemetery flags are in good condition.

"I want to thank Rep. Marvin Childers for keeping us supplied in flags for the cemetery," Bennett said.

Bennett said if anyone has an American flag presented to them at the death of a loved one and would like that flag flown at the cemetery in his/her honor, they can contact him at 561-4726.

"I think this would be a great honor to our former service men and women. I will place the flags at the cemetery in order that they are given," Bennett said.

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