Flag has special meaning for war veteran

Wanda English Burnett

Wayne Peace, Ripley County Emergency Management Agency Director, was given a flag recently. It wasn’t just any flag, but an American flag that was flown above the Bagram Air Base, Purvian Providence in Afghanistan, and dedicated to Peace.

The flag was presented to Peace from Cpt. J. Patrick Rose with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “I felt honored,” Peace told The Versailles Republican.

On a certificate were these words, “So that all shall know, this flag was flown in the face of the enemy. Illuminated in the dark by the light of justice, and bears witness to the fight against terrorist forces threatening the freedom of the Untied States of America and the World.” It goes on to say it was dedicated to Joseph Wayne Peace. The flag was flown on November 27, 2009.

Peace was particularly honored as a veteran of the Vietnam War. “I know what war is about,” he noted. Peace was a Platoon Sergeant and was honored with two purple hearts.

The intelligence and dedication of Peace was key to his earning the case full of medallions and honors he was awarded for his military service. That same dedication and knowledge is put to good use as he serves Ripley County surrounded by others of his caliber.

Wayne Peace displays medals - honors he received for his military service in Vietnam.