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Georgia Southern University military veterans volunteer to maintain American flags on Statesboro Campus housing facilities

Georgia Southern University continues to recognize the members of the U.S. military and military veterans through a new initiative by University Housing. The American flag will be flown at all eight residence halls on the Statesboro Campus and in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code for the first time in University history. The initial flag raising ceremony will take place Tuesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. at University Villas, 1707 Chandler Road.

A volunteer team of military veterans within University Housing and ROTC students will carry out the U.S. Flag Code, which formalizes the act of flying the American flag and aims to show respect and tradition in a unified way across the country. According to the code, certain procedures must be followed to properly honor the patriotic symbol of the flag. The veteran team will train volunteers on flag etiquette and proper procedures.

The  U.S. Flag Code will be carried out at each of the eight residence halls. The flags will never touch the ground and will be secured during inclement weather. When not in use, they will be folded in military form and be stored in a secured location.

“I have had the pleasure of working within the facility profession for more than 29 years now,” said Michael Head, director of University Housing and Auxiliary Facilities. “Our current American Flag project here at Georgia Southern is my favorite of all projects with which I have been involved. Displaying our country’s American flag at eight separate Housing complexes, while showing pride and respect for what these flags represent, is extremely motivating and patriotic.

“Just as exciting is the fact our department’s military veterans and employees have volunteered to oversee this honorable flag management program,” he continued. “I can think of no better way to educate our students and show pride toward our country and the freedoms and liberties we are provided, than to proudly display our American flag for all students, parents, staff and visitors to see while traveling to and from our University Housing complexes.”

The veteran team includes:

  • Hakim Finlaytor, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army National Guard
  • Danny Woodard, U.S. Navy
  • Brian Lang, U.S. Army
  • Jared Holloway, U.S. Army
  • Mackenzie Thomas, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps
  • Patrick Holland, U.S. Army, University Veteran Team Schedule Coordinator
  • Cameron Jones, U.S. Air Force, University Veteran Team Flag Etiquette Coordinator
  • Kenny West, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Shakeia Salem, U.S. Army Reserve
  • David Davis, U.S. Army
  • Darrell Walling, U.S. Air Force
  • James McCray, U.S. Army Reserve

An initial flag raising ceremony was held on April 17 at 10 a.m. to honor the volunteers and all service members of the United States military. All military veterans were recognized at the ceremony.

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