A large choir of the Church's Youth sang at the 10th Annual 1000 Flags Over Mesquite in November 2015.
The following from the Mesquite Local News;
This year’s 10th Annual 1000 Flags Over Mesquite proved to be the biggest one yet, with more participants and spectators than ever before. There were a total of 65 flags that were sponsored by the end of the event. Exchange Club President Pam Gagnon, center, presents a check for $2,000 to Ken Maynard, President of the Mesquite Veterans Center, right, during the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11.
Exchange Club President Pam Gagnon, center, presents a check for $2,000 to Ken Maynard, President of the Mesquite Veterans Center, right, during the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11. Photo by Stephanie Frehner. “In the ten years of doing this, each year touches my heart more than the last. I am just awestruck by what the community has done. Wednesday night, all the young people were here,” commented Mesquite Exchange Club member Paul Benedict.
During the Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11, the attending crowd was fortunate to stand with local Girl Scout Troop 27 as they presented the Pledge of Allegiance. The Mesquite Stake of LDS Youth sang the National Anthem and the Mesquite Veterans Honor Guard presented colors.
“Over the past few years, the LDS youth have usually held their own ceremonies to teach about the flags and history of the military. This year, they asked to be part of the Veterans Ceremony on Veterans Day,” commented Benedict.
Mesquite Fire Department retired a flag with the help of local Boy Scout Troop 2060. “One of the important traditions of the 1000 Flags Over Mesquite is the Retirement of Colors by the Mesquite Fire Department,” Benedict added. Photo by Stephanie Frehner.
Mesquite Fire Captain William Martinez, right, presents pieces of the American Flag he had dismantled to one of the participating members of Boy Scout Troop 2060 during the Retirement of the Colors Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 15.
Members of the local Boy Scouts Troop 2060 assist Captain William Martinez as he dismantles an American Flag stripe by stripe while Firefighter Keith Browning keeps the patch of stars safe.
Under the direction of Mesquite Fire Captain William Martinez, the flag was dismantled stripe by stripe as Benedict read the infamous poem by Ruth Apperson Rous “I am the Flag,” which detailed the meaning of each piece. Three of the Troop’s Boy Scouts took the pieces of the flag to its final resting place inside a makeshift fire as Isaac Talahytewa played Taps.