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Glenna Cowan: The flag is for all people

About: Remembering Hillary Hadley: A legacy lives on

She appreciates the effort of the CJE to do something good

By Glenna Cowan

I was at the Justice Center this morning, Friday, August 13, 2010.While on break from jury duty, a young man was raising The American Flag back to full staff from half staff.

This caught my attention, since I knew County Judge Ann Melton had ordered all Flags in the county to be lowered in memory of Ms. Hillary Hadley, who passed away Thursday from a tragic accident.

I inquired to the young man as to why he was doing this, he explained some Veterans had complained due to the fact The Flag was not lowered when we lost Americans who have served our country. The Flags are always lowered when we lose a Solider from Kentucky and they are always remembered when they pass away with a graveside ceremony. I remembered one ceremony when my brother Samuel Cowan passed away in Illinois; he was a WW ll Army Veteran.

This was a very special moment for our family.

With no disrespect intended to all the Veterans, The American Flag represents all of us in this country. The Flag would need to be lowered every day for at least the last ten years since we have lost so many lives due to the wars we are fighting in two different countries at this very moment. The loss of any life is sad.

This community only wanted to remember a young life that was cut short. My heart and this community, was trying to do a good thing with our American Flag.

To all those who have lost loved ones, our hearts remember all you in our thoughts and prayers. The Hatcher Family, The Page Family and The Hadley family, on one sad day our community lost Three Special Lives.

I, for one, appreciate our County Judge Executive Ann Melton for trying to do something good. -Glenna Cowan

This story was posted on 2010-08-15 06:21:02
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