White Center engages vets and kids
Flagpole dedication event involves both age groups.
The Salvation Army Seattle White Center Corps and Community Center held a dedication Nov. 12 for its new flagpole and plaque, donated by the Burien Post 4314 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the U.S. Orlean Clinton. A Burien Post veteran and member of the White Center’s senior program spearheaded the donation.
The 63 attendees included 28 children from Highland Elementary School. Every Tuesday, the White Center picks up the kids from school and brings them to The Salvation Army for intergenerational activities, such as Bingo, with the seniors at the day center.
The children stayed longer for this event so they could participate in the ceremony by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
White Center Corps Officer Major Raymond Erickson-King led a short program that focused on patriotism, paid tribute to U.S. service men and women around the world, and included biblical encouragement.
VFW members posted the flag as Salvationist Chad Ingram played the trumpet.
In his devotional, Erickson-King acknowledged that the life of a soldier is not easy and requires significant sacrifices. He also spoke of the challenges and sacrifices required as a soldier of Jesus Christ.
“We honor the veterans who have served our nation well, and also the veterans of the faith who have given their lives in service to Christ,” Erickson-King said.
The Highland Elementary students surprised everyone at the end with a song, “We Are Americans Every Day.”