Flags Burned During Ceremony at 4th of July Festival

Press Release

June 26, 2008 – Southport, North Carolina (NC) - The appropriate reverence and protocol will be followed as our nation’s flags are properly retired during the N.C. 4th of July Festival Flag Retirement Ceremony. The Ceremony, organized by DAR Brunswick Chapter and the Boy Scouts of America will be held at 6pm on Thursday, July 3rd at the BB&T flagpole, Howe and Moore Streets intersection in Southport. Guest speaker for the event will be World War II veteran, Staff Sergeant J. Draden Moore

Moore was stationed at Pearl Harbor early in 1942, following the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack. As an Army enlistee, he was assigned to the 19th Troop Carrier Squadron and served as a radio Operator on Admiral Chester W. Nimitz aircraft throughout the war.

Following the war, Moore, a native of Harrisburg, PA, completed his education at the University of California, Berkley campus. He returned east to New Jersey where he began a career with RCA. Moore and his wife Carol retired to Southport in 1980.

The public is encouraged to drop off old and worn flags year round at the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce Welcome Center, 4841 Long Beach Road, Southport. These flags and any flags brought to the ceremony will be properly retired at another time.

For a complete calendar of festival events go to www.nc4thofjuly.com or for more information call the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at 910/457-6964.

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