Tuesday night in Bascom, Woodmen Life held a flag raising ceremony while remembering those who gave it all on September 11, 2001. The event was opened by Mr. Ed Ham when he recounted the lives lost and the impact the 9-11 event had on America.
Mrs. Spring Southwell then led the crowd of nearly 100 present with the Star Spangled Banner.
Ham then welcomed the guest speaker for the night, Mr. Ty Peel, vice president of Engineering and Operations for West Florida Electric. Pell is also a veteran USMC, USAF Reserves, retired.
Peel spoke of being two-fold Tuesday night, as a veteran and as an employee with West Florida Electric. He asked that everyone think about the people in North Carolina as WFEC will be sending crews there to help with hurricane damage and they will need prayer. He expressed his gratitude when he was asked to speak at the 9-11- event. He recognized the veterans and thanked them for serving their country. He praised those present, “I have a right to say this because I am a veteran and I served my country. But it is reassuring to see everybody stand up and salute this flag and not take a knee.” That brought a round of applause from everyone there. He asked if everyone remembered where they were when they learned of 9-11. He talked of John F. Kennedy’s statement that we (the United States) would put a man on the moon and that happened. He told of walking by the t.v. in his office and seeing the first airplane hit and then seeing the second one and said he knew immediately this was no accident. He talked about the changes 9-11 brought about and the changes we live with today. He told everyone, “We need to be on our knees every day, thanking the Lord for what we have. Thank him for the water we have because some don’t have that.”
Woodmen Life Recruiting Sales Manager Mike Hutto talked about the flag pole that was given by Woodmen Life. He presented the flag to the Bascom School Renovation Project Tuesday night. The pole had been installed this past week and was ready for the new flag. The pole was installed by Bascom town councilman Tony Pelham and Bascom Mayor Billy James. The Civil Air Patrol Squadron raised the new flag and then lowered it to half mass in remembrance of 9-11. Hutto quoted Ronald Reagan when he said, “We always remember, we always be proud, we always be prepared and we always be free”. Hutto said that was some of the truest words ever spoken.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited with Mrs. Spring Southwell singing God Bless America. Ed Ham gave his closing remarks before the American Legion Post 241 conducted the Rifle Salute and the playing of Taps.