Behind a police escort, Dana Pape and Jim Kiger, both U.S. Air Force veterans, led the way down Main Street solemnly carrying the POW/MIA flag. Additional veterans, town officials and other individuals followed, making their way from Welcome Home Veterans to Mooresville Town Hall for the flag ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday on the lawn at the town hall.

Mayor Miles Atkins opened the ceremony with a word of thanks for those who had gathered “to honor and remember,” saying that this event was a brief and powerful reminder. He also noted that the ceremony served as the first of a weeklong schedule of events leading up to Veterans Day.

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Prior to leading the group in prayer, police Chaplain James Murphy said, “we continue to remember those who sacrificed to bring peace worldwide. We remember all those who fought. Americans have stepped forward and continue to step forward,” he said.

This year’s Veterans Day emphasis is on the spouses of veterans and Murphy noted how families have also sacrificed.

Murphy concluded with thanks to God for the legacy of peace after which Kiger and Pape placed the POW/MIA flag on the pole in front of Town Hall. It was slowly raised and saluted.

The two then brought forward a special wreath, which was placed at the base of the flagpole and then they stood at attention as the bagpipes played, which concluded the ceremony.

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