INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Indiana Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence will join Pearl Harbor survivors and other veterans in dedicating a new 30-foot flagpole on the grounds of the official Governor's Residence at sunrise (8:00 am) Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 – the 72nd anniversary of the attack that launched America into World War II.
In ceremonies scheduled to begin just before sunrise with the raising of the Stars and Stripes by the Ben Davis High School USMC Junior ROTC ceremonial unit, The American Legion will dedicate the flag to "the memory of the men and women who fought and died beneath the flag that flies here above to keep our nation free," according to the bronze plaque to be permanently emplaced at the foot of the flagpole.
The pole was donated to the residence by the Indiana American Legion. A previous flagpole, donated by an earlier generation of veterans, had become unserviceable.
Dedication ceremonies will feature remarks by Gov. Pence and the Legion's state commander, Ed Trice, who said the date of the dedication ceremony was specifically selected because of its historic significance.
"Once the pole was in place, it became clear to us that the approach of Dec. 7 marked the best day for dedication ceremonies. There are so few of those men left today, and any opportunity to honor them and all veterans cannot be overlooked. We are grateful that Governor and Mrs. Pence were able to make the residence available for this event which falls on such a significant date in our nation's history."
SOURCE American Legion Department of Indiana