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37th Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony honors Willis

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WAKE FOREST — The 37th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony was held Monday at Centennial Plaza at Wake Forest Town Hall.

The ceremony honored Henry Clay Willis who served his nation in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Members of Willis’ family participated in the service, which included patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath-laying and the ceremonial flag-raising.

After raising the American flag, the Wake Forest Fire Department Honor Guard raised the U.S. Navy service flag in recognition of the military branch in which Willis served. Both flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout October. Photographs and other remembrances of Willis were also displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony and will be in the town hall lobby through the end of the month.

Presented by several local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families, memorial flag-raising ceremonies are scheduled in Centennial Plaza at 11 a.m. typically on the first Monday of each month from April through October. The services are provided at no cost and intended solely to honor departed veterans and their families.

The Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Committee solicits the names of deceased Wake Forest veterans who may be honored during future flag-raising ceremonies. To be eligible for consideration, the deceased veteran must meet one of the following criteria: 1) joined active duty in Wake Forest; 2) died in Wake Forest; or 3) was a member of a Wake Forest veterans’ organization.

For more information, visit and search “Flag Raising” or contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018 or