The courtyard of the Wayne County Courthouse was filled with citizens Friday proudly waving the American flag in honor of Flag Day.
- The courtyard of the Wayne County Courthouse was filled with citizens Friday proudly waving the American flag in honor of Flag Day.
Veterans Affairs Director Tom McDonnell began the ceremony with pointing out a plaque located below the flag pole.
"There are 123 names on that plaque of Wayne County Veterans of World War II," he said. "I encourage everyone to go up and look at it after the ceremony."
McDonnell also asked attendees to wave their flags if they wanted to during the ceremony. "That is one of the freedoms we enjoy. No one is making you wave the flag, you have that choice."
He also wished the Army a happy 238th birthday. "Happy birthday and Semper Fi from this Marine," he said.
Commissioners Brian Smith and Jonathan Fritz were also present at the ceremony to offer their remarks and honor the symbol of America.
"Remember that the flag is the symbol of our freedom," Smith said. "And that our freedom is not free." He went on to read a speech written by Ruth Rous entitled "I am the Flag."
The speech highlighted the birthday of the American flag and its historical significance to the birth of the United States of America.
Upon looking out at the crowd, Fritz noted that the flag, like those in attendance, "is greater than the sum of its parts."
The flag was presented by Six Star Post 209 of Lakewood with members Chaplain Dwayne Giles, Sergeant Randy Simpson, Legionnaires Justin O'Donnell, Paul Di'Agati and Frank Mroczka.