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Flag-raising ceremony honors WWI hero

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WAKE FOREST — The 34th Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony was held Monday in Centennial Plaza to honor Foster Davis, who served in the U.S. Army during World War I.

Members of Davis’ family participated in the ceremony, 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. Army service flag in recognition of the military branch in which Davis served. The flags will fly in Centennial Plaza throughout this month.

Photographs and other remembrances of Davis were displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, and will be shown in the town all 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