The Cresswind community in Gainesville received a flag flown above the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., from U.S. Rep. Doug Collins.
The congressman presented the flag in honor of the community’s veterans as part of the Veterans Day observance where a new community flagpole was dedicated. Accepting the flag was Cresswind Veterans Club member and Army veteran Roy Gogel.
Members of the Cresswind Veterans Club raised the flag to “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung by the Cresswind Community Chorus. The men were Rich Lynt, Army; Ray Miller, Marine; John Morris, Navy; and Paul Pormen, Army.
The Cresswind Veterans Club also honored those who served in the military in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan on Veterans Day. Cresswind had more than 70 veteran residents who participated in the event held at the Cresswind’s club house.
Air Force veteran David W. Fahner, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, opened the event with the invocation. Air Force veteran Denny Moore read the poem, “It is the Soldier.” “The Armed Forces Medley” was sung.