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niceville
02-08-2010, 07:37 PM
To commemorate Presidentís Day, Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach is joining with the Fort Walton Beach Police and Fire Departments to hold a special Flag Raising Ceremony at Floridaís tallest flagpole on Monday February 15th.

The flagpole, which measures 170í, is situated in Central Park in the center of Uptown Station on Eglin Parkway. The Flagpole was erected in 2007 and dedicated to all members of the Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, EMS and other First Responders by Uptown Stationís owner and developer Jay Odom. Odom decided on September 12, 2001 that he would erect a monument to all the Military and First responders.

The Fort Walton Beach Police and Fire Departments provide their Honor Guards for the Ceremony. The Honor Guards, in Full Dress uniform, perform a spectacular and moving ceremony during which they raise a giant 50í x 80í Stars and Stripes to the top of the 170í pole.

Additionally, The Choctawhatchee High School JR ROTC Color Guard will be providing their award winning display immediately before the Flag Ceremony, starting at 11:45.

The Honor Guards will come to attention at 11:55 am for the Ceremony, which starts at 12 noon. The 50í x 80í Flag is walked down the length of Central Park by the Honor Guard and is then hoisted. The Guard peels off and remains at the salute while the flag is first raised and then moved to half-staff.