Cowley College held a flag dedication ceremony June 15 at the new Sumner Campus in Wellington.
The event, which was open to the public, was in honor of Flag Day and to commemorate the inaugural flying of the American Flag over the new campus.
Military Services Coordinator for Cowley Eric Smith emceed the event.
Several dignitaries were in attendance, including Col. Roger Murdock, Chief of Staff and representative of the State Command of the National Guard; Dr. Dennis Rittle, president of Cowley; Dr. Kori Gregg, vice president of institutional advancement Cowley; Michael Holland, past State Commander of the VFW; Charlie Cravens, Commander of the 3rd District VFW and Post Commander of the Arkansas City VFW; Dave Carrol, Adjutant American Legion; Dan Lovell, Wellington American Legion Chaplain; Jim Sugar, Vice Commander Wellington American Legion; Shane Shields, Wellington City Manager; Shelly Hansel, Wellington Mayor; and Kevin Dodd, Wellington City Council Member.
Murdock addressed the crowd on the importance of events such as these.
“The American Flag is a symbol of our nation and for our military personnel it is an iconic symbol of their service to our country from the time they enlist until their retirement. Thank you to Cowley College for holding such an important event on their campus,” he said.
Honored guests of the ceremony included the American Legion Riders.
The flag, which flew over the Capitol in Washington D.C. in December 1985, was provided by Perry Wiley of Wellington and was delivered via motorcycle brigade by the riders. Rittle provided comments from the college before the raising of the colors.
“Today marks a moment in history when the United States flag will be flown for the first time over the Cowley College Sumner Campus. The significance of Old Glory and its embodiment of hope, courage and bravery are the same qualities envisioned by the courageous voters of Sumner County,” Rittle said.
The colors were presented by The Kansas Air National Guard Honor Guard as Sergeant 1st Class Justin Smith sang the National Anthem. A reception for the public directly followed.