By Jason A. Smith
McDONOUGH — The Daughters of the American Revolution recognized three McDonough businesses for striving to honor the nation’s flag.
Certificates were recently awarded to the Bank of the Ozarks, the Smith Welch Webb and White law firm and Haisten Funeral Home
“Ours is a flag of freedom and observing our flag stirs within us feelings of pride and respect for our nation which is the heartbeat of patriotism,” said Amy Penn, Registrar for the Andrew McBride Chapter of the DAR in Henry County. “These flag certificates should be given all year.”
Penn said DAR leaders hope to award certificates on a monthly basis to recognize individuals and companies that fly the American flag properly.
“We try to find businesses or individuals that have a light on if they fly it at night and someone that replaces the flag as it is worn,” said Penn. “Also, the flag should be an all-weather flag if flown during inclement weather.”
The DAR also recognized a local high school student for honoring a pivotal figure in American history as part of a writing contest.
Hui Hui Zheng, a sophomore at Henry County High, is a participant in an annual national essay competition on Christopher Columbus. The National Society of the DAR joined with the National Italian American Foundation to sponsor the endeavor, said Penn.
“The essay title this year was ‘How did the faith and courage of Christopher Columbus give to mankind a new world?’ ” she said.
Zheng’s essay is now being judged at the district level.
Juli Gilbert, a DAR member and chairman of its American History Committee, commended Zheng for his achievement. She said Zheng gave a detailed history Columbus’ life.
“Also, he gives the reader the possible change in our own lives if Christopher Columbus had not had the courage to make that voyage and where we all might be today,” said Gilbert.
She said Zheng’s accomplishment is particularly noteworthy because English is his second language.
“He has only spoken English for about nine years,” said Gilbert. “The fact that he took an interest in American History and worked so diligently to write his paper is outstanding.”