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Flag display comes to life

April 25, 2014

Knights of Columbus member Ray Beyke stands next to the historic flags that are about to be presented to students at Lehman Catholic High School Friday during a presentation called “Flags of America” (Staff Photo/John Bush).

SIDNEY— The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus traveled to Lehman Catholic High School Friday morning to deliver a “Flags of America” presentation that detailed the origin and significance of 33 historic American flags.

Wapakoneta resident and Knights of Columbus member David Severt narrated the presentation in front of 250 students, teachers and local Sidney officials that included Mayor Michael Barhorst. 

Severt said he got the idea in 1987 when he attended a flag presentation that was given by the Boy Scouts of America at the K of C Hall in Minster.

“I thought, there’s a better way we can do this,” Severt said. “My dad always taught me that if you see something done and you think you can do better, then do it. So that’s what I did — I took it and ran with it.” 

From there, Severt teamed up with his fellow Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus members who purchased historic American flags to be used during the presentation.

Since then, they have traveled from their home base in Minster to cities and towns all over Ohio and as far as Kentucky to present to a wide range of organizations. 

For the full story, see the Saturday, April 26 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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