On a rainy spring afternoon, about 35 people gathered in front of Miller Hall and huddled under umbrellas to watch the dedication of the new campus flagpole.
Beginning at 2:45 p.m. on April 19, Tony Elder, student body president, opened the event in prayer, thanking God for the student veterans and the freedoms for which they have fought. The flagpole project was one of the largest platforms of Elder’s presidential campaign in 2016, and has been one his major campus improvement projects this year.
Josiah Williams, a senior pastoral studies major, was one of the student veterans who rallied for the installation of a campus flagpole. Williams also donated the first flag, a flag that was first used in Iraq on Dec. 25, 2016 and has flown in various locations in Iraq and Kuwait. Student veterans Nathan Fahlin, David Putman and Daniel Morgenstern were also in attendance at the event.
The flag-raising event was attended by four veterans from the American Legion Minneapolis Post One, the group responsible for donating the flagpole. Commander Larry Schoppe commended Elder and the campus veterans who worked to install the “symbol of American liberty.”
“There’s nothing we like better than helping people raise the flag of the United States of America,” Schoppe said.
Gordon Anderson, North Central president, said the flag is beneficial to a university. “The flag of the United States of America stands for some of the highest aspirations people have ever had, including the freedom of religion,” Anderson said. “The flag flown over a religious institution is a symbolic element of the respect the church has for the state, and the respect the state gives the church through religious freedom.”