If you’re on Highway 78 anywhere from the City of Loganville to the City of Between on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, between 11 a.m. and noon, you could get the first glimpse of Walton County’s new Bicentennial Flag. It will be carried to the Walton County Fire Station in Between by a horse rider – the perfect combination of old and new, commemorating 200 years of Walton County History.
Walton County’s year-long bicentennial celebration begins with a tour that starts in Loganville of a commemorative flag created for the special occasion.
“I’m excited that our new flag, commissioned in honor of the bicentennial, begins its county tour in Loganville,” said Shane Short, executive director of the Development Authority of Walton County and chairman of the Walton Bicentennial Committee. “Loganville shares our bicentennial milestone with Gwinnett County, who was created at the same time as Walton, making it the perfect place for our flag to start its journey to all seven Walton municipalities.”
The flag will be accompanied by a proclamation signed by state Reps. Tom Kirby, R-Loganville, and Bruce Williamson, R-Monroe, that will make its way from the Gold Dome on Tuesday, January 23rd. The flag and proclamation will be accompanied by Walton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kevin Little and Walton Bicentennial Committee Chairman Shane Short and others on its journey. The flag and local delegation will receive a police escort from the city limits and taken to Loganville City Hall, where a flag raising ceremony has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
The flag will remain flying on the flagpole at the Loganville City Hall until 9 a.m. Wednesday, January 24th, when there will be a flag lowering ceremony and a parade that will take the flag up Main Street toward Highway 78. From there, Mayor Rey Martinez will be joined by members of the community and area school cross country team members in running the flag along Highway 78 east to the city limits. From there, the flag will be taken by horseback by members of Dabney Riding Academy to the Town of Between for its next stop along the tour. Riding instructor and owner Elizabeth Dabney will carry the bicentennial flag and fellow riding instructor Susanna Rogers will carry an American flag along the highway. Dabney Riding Academy is home to the 2015 and 2016 National Champion mounted drill team, The Diamond D Cowgirls.
“We are proud to be a part of both Walton and Gwinnett’s bicentennial celebrations this year,” City of Loganville Events and Marketing Director Kristy Peters said. “We wanted to make sure that we celebrated this flag in a unique way that honors the history of Walton County and celebrates the community as a whole. We certainly hope that everyone joins us to help make this a memorable occasion.”
The flag will complete its tour of Walton County in time to be on display at the Historic Courthouse in Monroe for the Bicentennial Kickoff Celebration scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30th.
Learn more about the year’s bicentennial festivities at www.walton200.com.