Well-Traveled Flag Presented to Linn Co. Supervisors
The Linn County Auditor presented a flag to the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday-- but not just any flag. This flag, sporting a Linn County logo, has been around the world.
"My son is supporting "Operation Inherent Resolve" and he's a reservist in the United States Air Force," Joel Miller, the auditor, said." [He asked if] I wanted any flags flown and [said] that they would take them up on combat sorties and I said sure."
Operation Inherent Resolve is a mission men of the Air Force are participating in to conduct airstrikes on ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
Miller's son handed the flags off to pilots who flew with the flags inside the cockpit of F-16 jets in combat. He sent three flags-- one Iowa flag and two Linn County Flags.
He hopes the flags will serve as reminders of those who are serving.
"We tend to forget that we're at war," he said. "I thought that these flags could serve as a visual sign [or] reminder to us that we're still at war and bad things are happening in the world."
The Board of Supervisors gave their Linn County flag to the Veterans Affairs Office to put on display in hopes that local veterans would appreciate the flag's journey and the message it carries. The other two flags will hang on flagpoles outside of Miller's Office in the future.