The Black Pearl on the Columbia dedicates their new flag pole with the help of the Camas VFW
WASHOUGAL — Across America there are vast displays of honor and reverence for Veterans of all eras on Nov. 11: Veterans Day. Many are large and filled with bustle and excitement, but some are more intimate and are comprised of only a few.
The dedication of a new American flag and pole at The Black Pearl on the Columbia was one such gathering on Veterans Day 2019.
“I come from a deeply patriotic, service oriented family, both navy and army,” said Black Pearl Owner Kim Sherertz. “I just am honoring , you know, my father, my uncle’s, my cousins that have all served. And so it just is really touching and meaningful to us.”
The Black Pearl is a recently opened state-of-the-art event space in Washougal, just off SR-14. The facility is owned and operated by Sherertz and her family as well as several friends.
Joined by the Camas VFW Post 4278, they dedicated their brand new flag pole and American flag on Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. This is the same time the Armistice Agreement was signed, ending WWI and creating Veterans Day.
“We just sort of got a connection, and it’s been phenomenal,” said Dana Difford, the post commander for VFW Post 4278. “We are a family, and it’s very important. So I’m glad I’m active. I love it. And I’m going to continue until the end!”
The dedication ended with many ‘thank yous’ and cheers of ‘God Bless America!’