Change is in the wind at New Hebron Christian School. It's literally flapping in the breeze.
For the first time in years, the school's flag pole is in use. Recently refurbished through volunteer efforts, the pole was re-dedicated Monday when a new U.S. flag and a new school flag were hoisted aloft during a ceremony.
"It's my understanding it has stood silent for a number of years now," said Tamara Tuttle, spokesperson for the group who had a hand in restoring the pole.
"We are so excited we could do this not only for our school but our country," she added. "Everyone living in America should be proud and remember those who have died for our freedoms."
The entire school was in attendance for the ceremony, which featured a dedication by Bob Manning, a local veteran with the Marine Corp League. Ronnie Crawford performed Johnny Cash's "This Old Ragged Flag."
NHCS students Gavin Tuttle and Mason Brinkman, members of Boy Scout Troop 901, and Quinton Tuttle of Cub Scout Pack 901, posted the colors.
Tuttle expressed gratitude to everyone involved in repairing the pole, including Chuck and Ashley McDonald, Justin and Jeannie Rich, her husband, Chad Tuttle, and his brother, Tim.
John Lefever of Lefever Electric ran wiring so the flag can remain up and lit at night. The company also installed a light on the school sign.
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus's office provided the American flag. It was flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., specifically for NHCS on Dec. 22. Principal Sue Wassel and her husband, Mike, accepted the flag and a certificate of authenticity on behalf of the school.
Former student Eli Jones designed the school flag and another former student, Paige Wassel, finalized the design using her Photoshop expertise.