A patriotic display | New
No one can doubt the love of Randolph County resident Michael Kennedy for our country. Randolph County’s Veterans Duty Officer for the sake of this country’s military is on display in the front yard of his home. “I’ve wanted to do this for years,” Kennedy said of the display. “I am a veteran and have family members who have served in all branches of the military except the US Coast Guard,” he added. Most of the items on display were purchased in May 2020 with the intention of being placed soon after. “I had a heart attack in June and another in July, so for health reasons I had to wait until I felt up to it,” Kennedy explained.
The display features the flag of each branch of the US military “in the correct order from left to right,” Kennedy added. This is the US military; the United States Marine Corps; the US Navy; the US Air Force, the US Coast Guard; and the POW / MIA flag. The American flag is supposed to fly in the most prominent position, either to the right of all the others or if it is centered above the other flags. If deployed on the same stick, the state flag must be lower and one size smaller than the American flag. If flown with the flags of other countries, the American flag must be equal in height and size to that flag. Each of the flags has a stone below with the insignia of the military branch above. Under the American flag is a statue of a praying soldier. There is a statuette of a soldier at each end of the display.
“I bought all of the materials relatively locally,” Kennedy said. I have telescopic masts at Harbor Freight. The flags all came from the Army and Navy Surplus Store in Richmond. I bought the statuettes from Locker’s Touch of Country Gifts in Portland, ”he added.
Kennedy was a Randolph County Veterans Service officer for 14 years before heart attack forced him to retire. During those 14 years as a Veterans Service Officer, Kennedy has assisted countless veterans and their families with their needs. There are now many more resources available to veterans in Randolph County than there were in 2006 when he started in this position, and Kennedy has played a role in most of those. here, from buying the DAV van to the opening of Journey Home, to bringing the replica of the Vietnam Wall to Winchester in 2015, to the golf outing in support of veterans for the past eight years at the Hickory Hills golf course.
As he was feeling much better and the position had yet to be filled, Kennedy resumed his duties as the Veterans Duty Officer. “I missed it too much,” he explained. “Yes, I enjoy playing golf and spending time with my grandchildren and my horses. But there is nothing more satisfying than helping our veterans, ”Kennedy said.