MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The POW/MIA flag is being raised for the first time at the entrance of the Island Green community in Horry County.
For a community with many veterans, it will be a constant reminder of their service and valor.
On Sunday, dozens of friends and families living in Island Green gathered at the front of their community to honor Americans like James Majocha. He spoke about the flag raising ceremony, saying, "It's very emotional. I lost a lot of good friends over there. But you know, I'm very proud of this flag."
Majocha's neighbors are also proud of the flag and proud of him too. Majocha served in the Vietnam War and is one of many veterans living in Island Green.
South Carolina's Rolling Thunder Chapter 3 arrived on motorcycle to raise the POW/MIA flag, hold a prayer, and speak to attendants of the ceremony. Rolling Thunder is an advocacy group that seeks accountability for prisoners of war and missing in action service members. Chapter President Walt Koren says unlike in some places, it's not unusual to see people promoting veterans rights in the Grand Strand.
The flag raising ceremony is also a formal reveal of the remodeled entrance to the neighborhood worked on by the hands of Island Green residents themselves. Many saw the former entrance as an eyesore, with overgrown bushes and dead plants. However, several dissatisfied neighbors got together to collect donations and beautify the gates to the community by planting flowers, repainting signs, and even adding new water irrigation.