Flag Campaign Earns Washington Cadet VFW Award
Cadet Tech. Sgt. Grey Olin of the Washington Wing’s Pangborn Composite Squadron has been recognized with the Wenatchee Valley post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for spearheading a project that raised $1,540 for new military service parade flags.
Maj. Morris Hahn, the Pangborn squadron’s commander, praised Olin for taking the initiative after noticing the dilapidated state of flags used for military funerals at Entiat Valley Cemetery.
“I opened the door, sent him through, and he did the rest,” Hahn said.
The VFW Patriotic Citizen Award is given in “grateful appreciation for unsolicited inspirational patriotic service to the community through the display of our national flag.”
Olin carried out the campaign as a serving-learning project students conduct each quarter at Cascade Christian Academy in Wenatchee.
“I teamed up with the Entiat Valley Cemetery to purchase ceremonial flags of the six armed forces and the POW/MIA flag, and metal poles for each flag,” he said, as well as an American flag.
The flags will be raised and flown for Veterans Day and Memorial Day and during interment ceremonies for veterans or fallen soldiers at the Entiat cemetery.
The cadet cited “significant support from my community via private donations and a GoFundMe campaign.”
It was a great honor to have the opportunity to do something positive for my community with the help of so many people,” Olin said.