A Flag Dedication: Veterans Day 2019

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.”

Dana Difford and member Sonny Liston raise The Black Pearl’s newly dedicated flag at the Veterans Day ceremony. Photo by Mike Schultz
Dana Difford and member Sonny Liston raise The Black Pearl’s newly dedicated flag at the Veterans Day ceremony. Photo by Mike Schultz

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!’ 

VFW members Bob Hitchcock, Dana Difford and Sonny Liston escort the American flag to the newly dedicated flag pole at The Black Pearl on the Columbia. Photo by Mike Schultz
 Black Pearl owner Kim Sherertz thanks veteran and VFW member Bob Hitchcock for his service. Photo by Mike Schultz
Black Pearl owner Kim Sherertz thanks veteran and VFW member Bob Hitchcock for his service. Photo by Mike Schultz
 The newly dedicated flag pole at The Black Pearl on the Columbia is hoisted to full mast on Veterans Day 2019. Photo by Mike Schultz
The newly dedicated flag pole at The Black Pearl on the Columbia is hoisted to full mast on Veterans Day 2019. Photo by Mike Schultz


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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied journalism and media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and abroad in Argentina. His passions range from sharing the love of Jesus, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA. Proverbs 16:3

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