A ceremony was held to recognize combat veterans in Princeton. On Wednesday March 30, 2016, Senator Joe Manchin presented the flag . The Princeton Vet Center was packed on Wednesday.
79-year-old Al Hancock was presented with the flag by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. Hancock served in the military from 1956 to 1979. He said it took him 22 years to get the VA Clinic to Princeton.
Hancock said, “It mean a whole lot to me. A lot of people know that I live for veterans. Anything I can do to help veterans, that’s me and that’s what I live for.”
Team Leader of the Princeton Vet Center Sammie Heflin served from 1960 to 1981. He said he’s thankful the community is supporting veterans.
Heflin said, “A lot of men and women have died under that flag so it’s important that we have this symbol of our democracy and when we have you know organization like the VA, it’s important that symbol flies over that organization.”
Manchin said they started working on getting the flag pole there about a year and a half ago. He wants people to realize that veterans gave the freedom that some take for granted.