Flag Is Dedicated to Tyler County Sheriff’s Office
An American Flag was officially dedicated to the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, May 18. The notion of the dedication began when American Legion members Roger and Cathy Post had noticed there was no flag hanging at the new sheriff’s office in Middlebourne.
Therefore, plans were made then to purchase both the American Flag and West Virginia Flag for the office.
The Posts contacted Sheriff Brian Weigle to ask if they could pursue this endeavor for the department.
American Legion Tyler County Post 48 veterans purchased the flags, while the American Legion Auxiliary Tyler County Unit 48 helped with the dedication.
“Welcome to our flag dedication on this day of National Police Officers Week. We are ever so thankful for all you do to keep us safe.” Roger Post stated.
He continued, “Our flag has been carried into every battle into which there have been United States Citizens, from the American Revolution to the Civil War, to World War I and World War II, to the Korean Conflict, from Vietnam to Desert Storm and the fight for freedom in Middle East.”
Roger Post said, “In all of these, we, the American People, have stayed true to the values that the flag represents. We should always value the sacrifices that been made for our flag and the country it represents.”
Cathy Post then read a passage titled “I am the Flag” written by Ruth Apperson Rous which reads the following:
I am the flag of the United States of America. I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia. There the Continental Congress adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag. My thirteen stripes alternating red and white, with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue, represented a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.
Today fifty stars signal from my union, one for each of the fifty sovereign states in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known.
My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country. My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys and the self-sacrifice and devotion of American mothers and daughters. My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all. My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith. I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.
I embody American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the home. I typify that indomitable spirit of determination brought to my land by Christopher Columbus and by all my forefathers – the Pilgrims, Puritans, settlers at James town and Plymouth.
I am as old as my nation. I am a living symbol of my nation’s law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. I voice Abraham Lincoln’s philosophy: “A government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
I stand guard over my nation’s schools, the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism. I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation; every schoolyard has a flag pole for my display. Daily thousands upon thousands of boys and girls pledge their allegiance to me and my country.
I have my own law – Public Law 829, “The Flag Code” – which definitely states my correct use and display for all occasions and situations. I have my special day, Flag Day. June 14 is set aside to honor my birth. Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country. I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty purchased with blood and sorrow. I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity. If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate, if I am nullified and destroyed, you and your children will become slaves to dictators and despots. Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom. As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country, remind yourself that I am the flag of your country, that I stand for what you are – no more, no less. Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth. Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand: “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
After the reading of “I am the Flag,” Roger Post continued the dedication by stating, “Therefore, in the name of the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department, the citizens of Tyler County and the United States of America, I now dedicate this flag.”
He said, “I dedicate it to the memory of those in the Navy who guarded our inland seas and ocean coasts, and fell in defense of the flag. I dedicate it to the memory of those in the Army who fought for our hillsides and valleys and plains, and fell in defense of the flag. I dedicate it to all the citizens who fought for the authority of the Constitution and fell in defense of the flag. Finally, I dedicate it in the memory of all Americans since our country’s beginnings, who on land, on sea, and in the air, fought for their country and fell in defense of the flag.”
“I would now ask you to bow your heads in a moment of silence in memory of those who served under this flag and to honor the flag itself.”
At that time, Sheriff Brian Weigle helped Roger Post attach the American flag, and then Deputy Dean Pratt helped with the WV state flag. A hand salute was rendered followed by the Pledge of Allegiance said by all in attendance.
Roger Post ended the dedication by stating, “We thank you for coming to this dedication today. May the men and women of this department and all law officers be ever protected by the grace of God.”
Cathy Post also wants to remind the community that there will be a Memorial Wall in Middlebourne on May 27 to remind residents of the true meaning behind Memorial Day.