MOUNT VERNON — When Raymond D. Metzger died in March of 2012, his mother, Jane Metzger, had to settle his estate and go through his possessions, the accumulation of a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force followed by some time as a mechanic in Lexington and then operator of a lawn mower shop on Barton Road.
After his death, Mrs. Metzger received a certificate from President Barack Obama honoring her son’s memory and his service.
This spring, Mrs. Metzger was going through a box of items from her son’s military career, including his service ribbons and awards, and found something she didn’t know was there: An American flag, with information that it had been flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in 1991, at the request of Sen. David Boren of Oklahoma. Boren served in the Senate from 1979 to 1994.
The flag was flown in honor of Metzger’s career in the Air Force in the service of his country.
Mrs. Metzger said she did not know the flag was in the box when she opened it, but said it was probably flown over the Capitol while he was stationed at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
“I didn’t want to just stick it in a closet again, so I called Bill Smith,” Mrs. Metzger said. She asked him about the possibility of flying the flag at the Monroe Township Fire House. He checked with the township trustees, who said they would be honored to fly the flag.
It was raised over the Monroe Township fire house by township firefighters Monday evening. Mrs. Metzger also gave them information about the flag which will be displayed in the meeting room.
Fire Chief Smith said he and township trustee Neil Bower suggested putting the flag up inside the township house, “but she wanted it to fly outside. I also understand that as long as we have lights on it, she’s willing to have it fly at night.
“He had a big flag pole in his front yard, Mrs. Metzger said. “He was a big flag-flyer.”
Raymond Metzger graduated from Mount Vernon High School and enlisted in the Air Force in 1971, serving until 1991, reaching the rank of tech sergeant. David Boren was a senator from Oklahoma at the time and probably had the flag flown in honor of Metzger’s retirement.
Mrs. Metzger said her son spent much of his Air Force career stationed near Lubbock, Texas, but he also spent three years in Germany and was “all over the world” during his time in the service.
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