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Salem City Park gifted with special U.S. flag

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Salem Public Works Director Bill Worsham accepts a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol from Ron and Glenda Smith (right) of Mountain Home. The Smiths, who regularly visit Salem City Park, contacted Senator John Boozeman's office to obtain the flag, after noticing the park's flag was worn and needed to be replaced. Salem resident Marie Wells assisted in the Dec. 15 ceremony at the park flagpole. Photo by Richard Irby [Order this photo]
While they have lived in Mountain Home for 14-years, Ron and Glenda Smith never knew much about Salem, until they bought some land in Glencoe.

"We got in the habit of stopping here at Salem City Park to walk our dog and relax," said Glenda Smith.

"We love the park," Ron Smith added. It's so pretty with the lake and the geese."

The one thing they did not like about the park was the flag at the park entrance.

"It was in terrible shape when we began stopping here," Glenda explained. "It was in tatters."

Ron decided to try to do something about it. He contacted Arkansas Senator John Boozeman's office and inquired about getting the park a flag that had flown over Washington.

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Smiths presented the flag to Salem Public Works Director Bill Worsham at a gathering at the park flagpole.

According to Worsham, flags which fly at the park take a beating from the wind and weather, so he frequently has to replace them.

"This is a first," Worsham said in thanking the Smiths for their efforts to get the park a flag which had flown over the U.S. capitol.

A certificate which came with the flag read it was "to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United States Capitol on Nov. 19, 2011.

At the request of the Honorable John Boozeman, United States Senator, this flag was flown for the city of Salem, Arkansas." It was signed by Steven Ayers, Architect of the Capitol.

With the park's current flag is in good shape, Worsham plans to put the Washington flag in safe keeping and fly it for the first time on July 4th, during the annual Independence Day festival and fireworks at the park.

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