The Richlands Ruritan club meeting on Mar. 9 at the Calvary Methodist Church was distinguished with a special ceremony raising a new American flag at the church.
The flag raising ceremony was conducted by Barbara Burdette, the Commander of American Legion Post #26 of Ronceverte. The new flag was hoisted on the flagpole recently constructed at the church by the Richlands Ruritan Club.
Burdette was also the speaker at the meeting program. Her presentation was about flag etiquette. The program topics covered the history and evolution of the national flag; the nomenclature of the parts of the flag; rules for displaying the flag properly; and the proper way to fold a flag. The flag is folded into a triangular form. Each fold of the flag has a special meaning in the folding process. The Flag Code is enacted and updated by Act of Congress. As part of its patriotic program, American Legion Post #26 places flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day.
At the conclusion of the flag etiquette program, Bobby Burdette gave a brief update on the plans to construct a veterans’ memorial in White Sulphur Springs.
As a part of the meeting dedicated to community service, Kim Johnson, a candidate for magistrate, made a presentation to the Ruritans about the role of the magistrate in the state judicial system.
The Richlands Ruritan club meets on the second Wednesday of each month for a dinner meeting at the Calvary Methodist Church on Route 60W.
The Ruritan Civic organization is a national network of clubs working together for a stronger America. The Ruritan focus is to support community services in small towns and rural communities across America. The Ruritans were founded in 1928 in Holland, Virginia and celebrated their 88th year this May. The Richlands Ruritan Club provides scholarships to local college students and 4-H campers, and maintains Tuckwiller Park.