Veterans of Old Piney Baptist Church received a special gift on Sunday, Nov. 12, as the Heritage High School building trades class made and presented wooden flags.

The idea for the project came about last spring when student Michael Wilson was looking for something to do. His teacher, Douglas Blair, shared the idea of the wooden flags. The class then began making one, and Blevins Paint Center donated the paint and stain for a vintage American flag.

Then requests for more of the flags came in. One graduating senior wanted to make one to hang in Principal Jake Jones’ office. The scrap the students were using began to run out. That’s when Delores McCarter, a member of Old Piney Church and teacher’s assistant at HHS, suggested making the vintage flags from the old benches at the church.

Harold Ritchie gave these students 10 of the benches. McCarter then suggested the building trades students use the wood from the benches to make flags for the church’s veterans. She was instrumental in this project.

The flags were constructed and presented to the veterans on Nov. 12. Blair and his students said they were very honored to be a part of this project to honor the veterans who gave so much.

The wood used was from the old church benches located on the same property as the new one. Old Piney was founded in 1873.

Myrtle James presented certificates to the veterans at Old Piney on behalf of Mary Blount Daughters of the American Revolution.

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