Pickin’ in the Park, the Logan County musical institution that has been named to a list of good things about W.Va. and brings the dulcet tones of bluegrass, gospel, old time and many other genres of music to Chief Logan State Park, has been selected to receive an American and West Virginia state flag that have been flown over the state capital.
Ray Perry, director of Pickin’ in the Park, explained, “We do more at Pickin’ in the Park than just have music. We use the venue for anything to do with veterans. It has been used by the American Legion and VFW for meetings. We have also hosted a fundraising benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project.”
The idea of raising flags from the state capital over the Pickin’ in the Park Opry House was started with a patron of Pickin’ in the Park who was able to present the plan to West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.
To accommodate the new colors, 20 and 16 foot flag poles have been erected at the Pickin’ in the Park Opry House.
Secretary Tennant will be on hand for the event, and members of the U.S. Marine Corps will formally retire the Opry House’s flags before raising the new ones. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday Aug. 21 at Chief Logan State Park.
“Its a respectful thing to do, but it’s also educational for people who do not know how to properly handle and respect the American Flag. It needs to be handled with the respect it deserves and disposed of properly,” added Perry.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]