American Legion raise flag over new property
Members of the American Legion Post 535-Unionville rose with the sun Friday to raise the American flag on the site of their future home for the Fourth of July.
World War Two veterans George Philemon and James Crump came to raise the flag. Philemon was captured as a prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge and held for 90 days in a German prison camp. Crump was in the seventh wave of soldiers who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day.
Crump could not find the words to describe raising the flag on Independence Day.
"My people, my flag, my country," he said.
Crump is 89 and will turn 90 next week. He was a Private First Class in the Army and enlisted when he was 16.
The ceremony was held at the future site of the Sam F. Keziah American Legion Post 535 headquarters on Concord Highway. The land was dedicated to the post by Sam F. Keziah's son. Keziah was a World War Two veteran.
"This is a long time coming," Post Commander John Brewer said. He said a lot of people in the community have donated their time and energy to the new post.
To complete the new building they will need about $350,000. When they raise $100,000 construction will begin. They are currently about one-third of the way to that goal. The post will have a fundraiser gold tournament on Sept. 19.
The Unionville post was the fourth-fastest growing post in North Carolina, which Brewer credits to their community service on the state, community and national levels.
The American flag flew on Friday and was taken down. It will fly again when the building is completed.