JEWETT – A large crowd broke into applause on Monday evening, April 22, as Air Force Reserves Master Sergeant James D. Smith presented Ja-Lins Restaurant and Bar with an American flag that flew over Iraq and Africa on a C-130 cargo plane in November of 2012.
“I had this flag proudly flown for Ja-Lins Restaurant, Bar, and Banquet Hall on missions over Iraq and the Horn of Africa,” Smith recounted. “The Certificate of Authenticity states that this flag was flown on 63 combat missions on Aircraft 78-0809, a C-130. Those missions included 130.4 hours of flight, 454 passengers carried, and 235 tons of cargo moved. Among its missions was carrying wounded soldiers to safety. It will now hang in honor on the walls of Ja-Lins.”
Pictured above, Master sergeant James Smith presents an American flag flown on combat missions in Iraq and Africa to co-owners (L to R) Dean Ager, Linda Ager, Janet Walters, and Roger Walters; Sgt. Smith; and VFW Post Commander Randy Dutton. Smith recently returned from service overseas and is currently in the active Air Force Reserve.
The Ager and Walters families invite everyone to stop by to see the flags on display at Ja-Lins, located at 106 E Main St. and enjoy the good food and downhome hospitality.
Details of the presentation are featured in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.
NH Photo/BEVERLY ENOLD