Couple honored for presenting Old Glory

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2005

James and Joan Wylie describe themselves as patriotic people and are proud of it.

"I think you should be proud of the flag and stand up for the flag," James Wylie said.

Mr. Wylie had a small flag hanging just outside his front door for several years but three years ago, he traded in his smaller version for a full-sized flag pole, complete with nighttime lighting and a small prayer plaque.

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The flag, and the way the Wylies displayed it, so impressed Madeline Moore-Smith, regent of the Poage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, that she arranged for the Wylies to receive a DAR award for "Proper Display of the Flag" by private individuals. The Wylies were one of only two private households locally to get the award this year.

"It was properly lit, all the etiquette surrounding the flag they were doing correctly," Moore-Smith said. "I was driving by one day and noticed and then drove back again at night. It was nice."

The other private household honored was an Ashland, Ky., family. Additionally, eight local businesses and public entities were honored this year for their flag displays: Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Steen Funeral Home, Town Square Bank, Greenup County War Memorial, Onyx Industrial Services, Sim Fryson Motor Car Company, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 248 and Classic Bank on 17th Street in Ashland, Ky.

Two Kentucky residents were also honored this year for their community service. The awards were handed out during a ceremony Sunday in Catlettsburg, Ky.