Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Muhlenberg Vietnam 'Big Red One' Veteran Spreads the Word About Flag Day

vet flag 300MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (6/17/13) – Millions of Americans all across the nation spent Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013, honoring our nation's banner of freedom, and reminding themselves' of just how lucky we are to live in the land of the Red, White and Blue.
 
For Joe Roney, a Muhlenberg County Vietnam veteran, who served in the Army's 1st Infantry, sometimes known as the "Big Red One", handing out the Red White and Blue in Greenville's Courthouse Square near the Veterans Memorial seemed the perfect way to remind others of the true meaning of the day, and just how truly blessed we are to live in the home of the Red, White and Blue.
 
"I'm just here to help make people more aware of the true meaning of Flag Day." Roney told Surfky.com News. "This is my first year of handing of flags. I decided I'd hand out 300 this year, and if it goes over, I'll bring a thousand flags next year. I thought this would be a great way to remember all our troops from the past, along with those that are serving now and our veterans back home. That's what this is all about. Just to help make people aware of our fighting men and women, that there are still Americans out there fighting in harm’s way."
 
As many walked by enjoying the bright sunshine Friday on the courthouse square, Roney handed each a small flag and reminded those who stopped to thank him for his service, that they might spend a moment at the square's Veteran's Memorial. The wall of names features local soldiers, past and present, who have served in conflicts from World War I to our nation's ongoing conflicts throughout the Middle East.
 
Greenville Mayor Ed DeArmond, also a war veteran, stopped by the square to encourage Roney as numerous people took a flag to help spread the word.

vet wall 400
"This is a great thing that Joe is doing. It's something new. He went out and purchased his own flags. He is a great veteran and he fought in one of the worst battles of the Vietnam War. He's a decorated veteran, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude. He is, without a doubt, a true patriot." DeArmond said.
 
Maybe next Flag Day, Roney will be joined by many more local people, helping to make his vision of handing out thousands rather than hundreds of flags a reality. And maybe reminding citizens you don't have to wait for Flag Day to take a moment to search the hundreds of names on the courtyard's Veterans Monument.
 
"These are the brave men and women who help keep our flag flying high." Roney said.
 
Paul McRee
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

In Other News...

Henderson County Missing Juvenile

HENDERSON, Ky. (7/11/14) — On July 3, 2014, Suzanne Dunigan reported that her 14 year old daughter, Caitlin Dunigan,… Read More

Fourth Annual Home Visit Blitz - July 28 Thru Aug. 1, 2014

HENDERSON, Ky. (7/11/14) — The fourth annual Home Visit Blitz includes all students, K-12 in Henderson County Schools… Read More
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 08, 2014 11533

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Shooting Death of…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 07, 2014 6110

Madisonville Police Bust Prostitution…

in Top Stories by Major Chris Taylor
July 11, 2014 5360

Madisonville Kmart to Close in October

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 09, 2014 3877

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Alleged…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 09, 2014 2998

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 9,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 07, 2014 6110

Madisonville Police Bust Prostitution…

in Top Stories by Major Chris Taylor
July 11, 2014 5360

Madisonville Kmart to Close in October

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 09, 2014 3877

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Alleged…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 09, 2014 2998

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 9,…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
July 11, 2014 2287

Local Man Dies After Bike Collides With…

in Top Stories by Robert D. Littlepage

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 08, 2014 1778

Nashville Predators are Coming to the…

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 08, 2014 1660

Owensboro Police Department Reports…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
July 08, 2014 1567

Owensboro Neighborhood Alliance Meeting…

in News by Abby Shelton
July 09, 2014 1094

Passport Health Plan Announces Contract…

in News by Jill J Bell
July 08, 2014 873

Register Now for 2014 Fall Adult Softball…

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 08, 2014 11533

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Shooting Death of…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 08, 2014 2717

Two Vehicle Collision with Injuries

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 08, 2014 2472

Graham Man Arrested on Several Charges

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 08, 2014 1654

Greenville Mayor Says DUI Driver Could…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
July 09, 2014 1383

Business Spotlight - My Sister's Stuff

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03