Travis Soderberg addresses a crowd

Buxton Mayor Travis Soderberg addresses a crowd of more than 75 people at a flag-dedication ceremony Saturday morning in Buxton.

BUXTON – More than 75 people turned out for a flag-raising ceremony here Saturday honoring Buxton’s late mayor and the city’s military veterans.

The half-hour ceremony included remarks from longtime Mayor Gene Rosholt’s wife, Geneva, and current Mayor Travis Soderberg and a surprise message from country singer Lee Greenwood, whose signature hit “God Bless the U.S.A” was played at the event.

Soderberg and city leaders had been raising money this spring in hopes of having the flag memorial on the east edge of the city ready in time for Buxton Family Fun Day on Saturday.

Only one light on the memorial was hooked up and an eagle ornament that will sit atop the memorial’s flag pole hadn’t arrived, but Soderberg said the ceremony went perfectly.

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