(Sept. 2, 2005)
Woodmen of the World Lodge 1097 will conduct a flagpole dedication ceremony honoring the victims of September 11, 2001 and local emergency response professionals at the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey.
The ceremony will be held at the Country Doctor Museum, 6642 Peele Road, beginning at 2 p.m. Sept. 11.
The ceremony, called "In Honor and Remembrance -- Woodmen Salutes America's Heroes," will include recognition of the police officers, firefighters, members of the armed forces and others who help safeguard our community and nation throughout the year.
Susan Worrell, representative of Woodmen Lodge 1097, will be the master of ceremonies and Pastor Scott McCullar will deliver the invocation. Guest speakers include Dr. Dorothy Spencer, director of the W.E. Laupus Health Sciences Library at ECU's Brody School of Medicine, and Robert Frazier, mayor of Bailey. The dedication of the flagpole and presentation of a U.S. flag to the Country Doctor Museum will conclude the ceremony.
The honor guard will include members of the Bailey police and fire departments, Mount Pleasant Rescue Squad and Nash County Sheriff's Department.
This is the fourth year Woodmen of the World have sponsored the "In Honor and Remembrance" project, with more then 1,600 ceremonies having been conducted since 2002. The ceremonies, held at town halls, police and fire stations, schools and other community buildings, include the dedication of flagpoles and commemorative plaques, and the presentation of U.S. flags.
Woodmen of the World is a fraternal benefit society offering insurance protection and financial security with member benefits. Woodmen members, who belong to more then 2,000 lodges throughout the United States, conduct volunteer and patriotic duties that benefit individuals, families and communities. Woodmen of the World is one of the nation's leading patriotic organizations, having presented more then 1.5 million U.S. flags since 1947.
The Country Doctor Museum pays tribute to the rural practice of medicine. The museum has an extensive collection of artifacts housed in two 19th-century doctors' offices. The facility is managed by the W.E. Laupus Health Sciences Library under the stewardship of the Medical Foundation of East Carolina University.
For information about the museum or the dedication ceremony, call (252) 235-4165 or visit www.countrydoctormuseum.org