Patriot Flag to fly in South Walton Jan. 17

January 11, 2011

Test flight (1st flight on a fire truck) at San Diego Fire Rescue Truck 29 - 6th Battalion on Aug. 16th 2010. Photo courtesy

Memorial flag on its journey across all 50 states honoring the fallen on September 11, 2001

Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Publix at South Walton, 2038 U.S. Hwy. 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach

The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) will hoist a 60 by 30 foot American “Patriot” flag at Publix at South Walton, 2038 U.S. Hwy. 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. The Patriot Flag is part of a yearlong memorial leading up to the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The Patriot Flag program was established by a group of firefighters in California. The goal of this program is to have this flag fly in all 50 states in 50 weeks. It began on September 10, 2010 and the flag will end its tour on September 11, 2011 at the site of the World Trade Center.

South Walton was selected as the first community in Florida for the prestigious honor of flying this flag.

“It’s a great honor to participate in this program, the Patriot Flag and this entire observance is really dedicated to all those who gave their lives and those who continue to sacrifice in support of freedom. In addition, we have the added distinction that we are commemorating sacrifice for the cause of freedom on the day we honor Martin Luther King, who sacrificed his life for civil rights and freedom for all men,” said Sean Hughes, Deputy Chief.

The SWFD will suspend the flag from its ladder truck beginning at 10 a.m. The SWFD is welcoming all the members of our community to join us to honor, remember and commemorate all who serve and sacrifice in the name of freedom.

For more information concerning the Patriot Flag ceremony please contact Sean Hughes at or 850-267-1298.

Date: Monday, January 17, 2011
Place: Publix Shopping Center Complex – 2038 Hwy 98 W SRB, FL
Host: Ann Haigh, Blue Star Mother
10:00 Welcoming Remarks by Ann Haigh
10:05 Bugle call “To the Colors” by Sgt. Artie Rodriguez, WCSO, as Flag is raised
10:10 Pledge of Allegiance by Laramie Shover, BSA
10:15 Invocation by Rev. Tyrone Broadus
10:20 Remarks by Rick Talbert, Fire Chief of SWFD
10:25 Remarks by Major Graham Fountain, WCSO
10:30 “God Bless America” led by Helen Redd
10:35 Remarks by Capt. Edward Maney, U.S. Army (Ret.)
10:40 “God Bless the USA” by Dep. Herb Haigh, WCSO
10:45 Law Enforcement Honor Guard with 3 Volley Salute
10:50 “Taps” by Sgt. Artie Rodriguez, WCSO
10:55 “Amazing Grace” by Lt. William Berry, WCSO Citizens Patrol, as Flag is lowered
11:00 Flag Folding Ceremony
11:10 Closing Remarks by Ann Haigh