“The mayor and council have been very supportive of our vet program,” said Bill Fowler, city council and veteran’s board member.
The service members and families were honored Friday night at an event at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center. To participate, the city needed a flag to present at the event and someone to carry it in and represent the city.
The Sumiton-area Veteran’s Board and the City Council held a contest for students at Sumiton Elementary and Middle School to garner their input on what should be on the city’s flag.
The six finalists were presented at a council meeting last month and the winner was presented at Sumiton’s Awards Day in late May. Each of the six finalists received a plaque of appreciation from the city.
Austin Glover was announced as the winner and selected to carry the city flag during the ceremony. Although the flag is not an exact replica of Glover’s design, it is inspired by his original idea.
“It’s something we’re very proud of, and we’re glad the kids at the middle school got involved,” Sumiton Mayor Petey Ellis.
The flag says, “Building a better community by working together through faith, education and business.” There are also emblems representing education, religion, patriotism and the community’s coal mining roots. Each school in the city is also represented.
Members of the Veteran’s Board attended the event where Fowler and L.C. Glover received specially designed medals honoring their service to their country.