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Flagpole dedicated to area man

Friday, October 24, 2003

American Legion Color Guard Commander Virgil Ames raises the new American and Indiana State flags given by Post #2 during the dedication ceremony of a new flag pole donated by the Walt Evans family. Legion member David Hunter assists while the rest of the Guard present the Colors.

The American flag flies proudly at Forest Park. A dedication ceremony for a new flag pole was held yesterday at the Fountain entrance off of SR 59.

In July, the Walt Evans family, owners of Walt Evans Decorators, donated labor, cement and a pole to hold a new American flag and Indiana State flag given by American Legion Post #2 of Brazil. A light to properly illuminate the flags at night was funded by the Brazil City Parks Board.

American Legion Post #2 Color Guard presented the Colors and raised the flags at the 10:30 a.m. ceremony.

Asked why they choose this manner to honor their father, a son, David Evans replied, "Years ago Dad was known as the Flag Man because he absolutely loved the U.S. flag. (Parks Board President) Ruthann Jeffries contacted me more than a year ago about the cost of putting a flag pole in here.

"In the meantime, Dad passed away. So we decided to donate the pole in his name."

Mary Anne Pierce, David's sister, added, "Our dad just loved this park. He spent a lot of time here. He attended all of the concerts. Dad even taught us to drive in here."

Jeffries said the Park Board was limited on the projects they could complete due to financial restraints. "The Board is so appreciative of this gift," she said. "Next year the area around the pole will be landscaped."

Jeffries said the board has received many favorable comments from the public about the new flags and pole.

"They felt there should be a flag here even thought this is not the official entrance to the park. According to the Mayor, the official main entrance is Center St. which runs by the pavilion. But most of the public said it was appropriate to have a flag here. And this will certainly be a nice tribute to Walt Evans."

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