The City of Forest Grove proudly unfurled the American flag at its new location on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The flag and pole was donated to the City by the Richard Coon family who wished to give something back to the community that had supported his business and family for many years, as well as to honor our Country and those who have served or are serving in the armed forces.
Governor Kate Brown has granted the request for flags in the City of Forest Grove's public institutions to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, May 18, in memory of First Lt. David Bauders. Interment is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 1:00 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery.
A Washington National Guard soldier who graduated from Forest Grove High School in 2008 and the University of Portland, First Lt. David A. Bauders, 25, died Friday, May 6, on Al Asad Air Base in Iraq in a noncombat related incident. Bauders, who was born in Watertown, N.Y., earned a bachelor's degree, with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology, from the University of Portland. He was a state trooper in his civilian life. He was assigned to the Washington State National Guard's 176th Engineer Company of Snohomish, Wash, the Defense Department said.
First Lt. Bauders was also the "If I Were Mayor" student contest winner in 2008 for his video entry. His entry was then sent to the Oregon Mayors Association where it competed at the state level. Bauders video was the statewide winner and he received a new computer for his efforts. The contest recognizes youth in Oregon communities and their awareness of civic responsibility. First Lt. Bauders continued to perform his civic responsibility after high school through college and civilian life and gave the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of his National Guard duties.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who decides to lower the flag to half staff? The Office of the Governor authorizes when flags are to be flown at half staff.
Who will pay for the replacement flags? The Forest Grove Firefighters Association will raise funds for any repair or replacement costs.
How much City staff time will be dedicated to the flag? It takes approximately 10 minutes to raise and lower the flag for repairs or replacement. The Forest Grove Fire Department will be responsible for lowering the flag to half staff when needed.
What about lighting costs? The lighting system and installation was included in the donation of the flag and flag pole. The lights will become part of the street lighting system.
What else is planned for the green space? The next phase for the flag area involves the City working with service clubs to add landscaping to the green space similar to what is done at other public right-of-way areas.