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Flag folding ceremony at Willcox honors memories

February 24, 2017 GMT

On Wednesday, area residents participated in a flag-folding ceremony outside The Willcox.

The program was lead by Eugene Hough, co-founder and monument education and preservation field specialist with Saving Hallowed Ground.

“Saving Hallowed Ground program is a worldwide education, and advocacy organization supported by the Uncommon Individual Foundation’s community mentoring principles, to preserve and protect monuments and markers commemorating veterans and patriotic citizens,” states a flyer about Saving Hallowed Ground.

After Hough opened the ceremony, he asked the event’s guests to each slip on a pair of white gloves that he had provided, and form two parallel lines.

After Hough did activities such as reading the poem “Farewell Old Warhorse,” he led the group through the process of unfolding and then refolding a 20-by-30-foot American flag.

“The solemn act of unveiling and folding a flag is a unique way for communities to celebrate their history and honor the memories of those who have served,” states a flyer from the Saving Hallowed Ground program.

The ceremony lasted around 20 minutes.

Among the group were two students from St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School.

Reaching out to students is a key part of what Saving Hallowed Ground does.

“Pre-colonial, colonial, onwards, this region of the world and the country, kids up North have no idea (about), from a historical perspective,” Hough said after the ceremony. “We want to continue to have a presence here, reaching out to schools, so we can have kids tell the historical relevance of their community the best they can with kids in other states. The flag will be here again, absolutely.”

Saving Hallowed Ground is based in Pennsylvania, though Hough has a farm in Beech Island.

For more information on the Saving Hallowed Ground program, visit www.shgfo.org.