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Historic flag unfurled at City Hall to honor Veterans Day

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Rose Marie Jordan Cooper helps unfold the U.S. flag that flew over Brittany America Cemetery in St. James, France during World War II.
 

Jim Fair

Rose Marie Jordan Cooper helps unfold the U.S. flag that flew over Brittany America Cemetery in St. James, France during World War II.

 



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Bill Mork, city facilities supervisor, attaches the 48-star flag to the grommets and raises the flag.
 

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Bill Mork, city facilities supervisor, attaches the 48-star flag to the grommets and raises the flag.

 



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A swirling wind tossed the U.S. flag, that flew over Brittany America Cemetery in St. James, France during World War II, in different directions.
 

Jim Fair

A swirling wind tossed the U.S. flag, that flew over Brittany America Cemetery in St. James, France during World War II, in different directions.

 

A flag never before flown on American soil was unfurled and raised this morning in honor of Veterans Day at Greer City Hall.

Rose Marie Cooper Jordan, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, loaned the flag that was flown over Brittany America Cemetery in St. James, France during World War II.

Jordan’s brother-in-law, Sgt. Nathan Jordan, was killed Aug. 14, 1944 in fighting near Tinchebray, France. The flag was flown to Sgt. Jordan’s parents after the funeral. A framed photo of Jordan is on the brick surrounding the flagpole and the city communication staff has a page dedicated to Jordan.

The flag had 48 stars representative of the number of states in the U.S. before Alaska (January 1959) and Hawaii (August 1959) were granted statehood.

Cooper was at the flag raising and helped unfold the flag for Bill Mork, city facilities supervisor, to attach to the grommets and raise the flag.

Cooper, a researcher of national historic sites in Greer, spent nearly a year with a team identifying all U.S. military buried at Mountain View Cemetery. Boy Scouts Troop 107 placed American flags at their gravesites on Sunday.

Cooper is presenting a map of the cemetery and marked military gravesites to the DAR in a ceremony today. Names of the veterans will be available for public access at the Greer Heritage Museum and City Hall.

 

 

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