Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony

At 11 am on the first Monday of the month (from April through October), the Town of Wake Forest joins with several local veterans’ organizations to honor the sacrifices of deceased Wake Forest veterans and their families.

Participating veterans' organizations include American Legion Post 187, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 187, American Legion Riders, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League Detachment 1257 and the Wake Forest High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to host a Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremony in town hall's Centennial Plaza.

These services are provided at no cost and provided solely to pay tribute to the service and memory of deceased Wake Forest veterans, while also acknowledging the sacrifices of their families.

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Each ceremony features patriotic songs, special remarks, a memorial wreath laying and the ceremonial flag-raising by members of the Wake Forest High School JROTC. After raising the American flag, the JROTC raises the service flag representing the military branch in which the honoree served. Both flags fly in Centennial Plaza throughout the month.

Photographs and other remembrances of each month's honoree are displayed in Centennial Plaza during the ceremony, then in the town hall lobby through the end of the month.

The public is invited to attend these services. 

Wake Forest's first flag-raising ceremony occurred on Monday, Oct. 6., 2014, in tribute to Walter “Ervin” Cole, who served his nation in the U.S. Army in World War II. In later years - American Legion Post 187 was named in his honor.

For more information about Wake Forest Memorial Flag-Raising Ceremonies, contact Communications & Public Affairs Director Bill Crabtree at 919-435-9421.


2017 Flag-Raising Ceremony Schedule

  • April 3 - James E. Steffens

  • May 2 - Thomas Walters

  • June 5 - Graham Pope, Sr.

  • July 3 - John Wayne Godfrey

  • Aug. 7 - Robert King Raymond

  • Sept. 11 - Willis Winston

  • Oct. 2 - Willie Anderson

No flag-raising ceremonies are scheduled from November through March. The services resume in April and are conducted monthly through October.


Honor a Deceased Wake Forest Veteran
A committee comprised of representatives from American Legion Post 187, VFW Post 8466, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, Marine Corps League 1257 and the Town of Wake Forest continually 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.

These services are provided at no cost and provided solely to pay tribute to the service and memory of deceased Wake Forest veterans, while also acknowledging the sacrifices of their families.

For more information, contact Pete Lambert at 919-529-3018.


Honored Veterans