It’s been years since Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory was first asked to sponsor the flag printed in the Roswell Daily Record to commemorate Memorial Day and other patriotic holidays.
Jeremy Hurley, vice president of operations at the funeral home, said, “Everyone here at Anderson Bethany saw the need to honor all veterans in our area and beyond, so we felt extremely pleased to be asked.”
What began as an homage to those who fought for their country became a tradition in Roswell as many citizens began to hang the flags up in their homes.
Hurley noted that the printed flag is sponsored by both the funeral home and the Chaves County Veterans Board, whose mission is to educate and promote patriotism and to honor the memory of deceased veterans in a number of ways.
When it comes to Anderson Bethany’s role, Hurley said, “We’ve been blessed to give to our community this American Flag, and the opportunity to display it in their windows. When we see these flags in the windows of homes or businesses, we see the unity of the citizens of Chaves County, all together, expressing respect for our homeland.
“And every opportunity we have to support our flag — whether waving it or in print — causes our love for America to rise to the surface,” he said.
Not only is the flag printed in the paper on Memorial Day, it also appears in the Daily Record on Veterans’ Day.
Anderson Bethany was also instrumental in the founding and building of Roswell’s Gen. Douglas McBride Veterans Cemetery. Together, Bert Eldridge and Darrel Bethany — co-owner of Anderson Bethany with his wife, Jery — helped to pave the way for the cemetery, along with many other people. Darrel Bethany actively serves on the Veterans Cemetery Board of Directors.
When discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurley said he can see how the flag is needed even more this Memorial Day in order to bring hope and remember how people have been able to get through many tough times throughout history.
“We greatly admire the bravery of our military as they respond to the many aspects of this horrible pandemic we are all going through,” Hurley said. “We believe that America will overcome this pandemic and be better because of what we have learned as a nation.”
He said that Memorial Day is a day to remember our freedom came with the highest price.
“As we honor those who gave their lives for our freedoms, we are reminded of their unwavering service to our great country,” Hurley stated, adding appreciation as well for “the essential workers that have had to step up to serve our community and beyond” during the pandemic.
“And to every worker out there, we believe your job is essential, as well, for the survival of our community, state and America.”