Residents of The Anchorage, a Christian ministry for men, prepare to hoist their new American flag during the dedication ceremony Monday. The 10 by 15 foot flag was donated by The American Legion, Post 30. Keith Gaines, executive director of The Anchorage, second from right, and Marvin Mixon with the American Legion, far right, spoke at the event.
LEESBURG, Ga. — When it comes to flag poles, the Anchorage, at 162 Hampton Lane, is up there with the best. At 60 impressive feet, the pole there almost disappears into the clouds. But when raised to the top, the relatively tiny five-foot American flag was difficult to see. Recently Keith Gaines, executive director of The Anchorage, began to think about ways to improve the situation.
“I happened to see Marvin Mixon (with the American Legion, Post 30), Gaines said, “and I asked him what would be the chances they could help us out. He agreed we needed a larger flag and in just a few weeks he called to let us know it was in.”
Since 1953, The Anchorage has operated as a Christian residential ministry to men seeking to live without drugs or alcohol in their lives. Gaines, director of the facility since October, 2011, believes the new 10-by-15-foot flag will serve as a positive inspiration to residents of The Anchorage.
“A part of being an American citizen is being a servant to our country in whatever way we can,” Gaines said. “We want to instill the value of service in these men’s lives and this flag will help us to do that. It will serve as a constant reminder.”
“The flag represents us, ‘we, the people,’” Mixon said during a special American Legion flag-raising ceremony. “It’s not big enough to have 325 million pictures of us, so it has the 50 stars, representing our 50 states. Through the sacrifices and the blood and the tears of all of our ancestors, we today are free. That’s what this flag represents.”
Funding for the flag, which Mixon says fits Legion guidelines for size relative to flag pole height, came from individual contributions.
“Any time we get the opportunity to fly the flag, or present a flag, or to represent a flag we’re tickled to death to do it,” Mixon said. “We got the word out and people gave five dollars or ten dollars or twenty. Pretty soon we had all the money we needed.”
According to Mixon, the new American flag is manufactured in the United States.