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Jan Mills honored by local American Legion

Posted on June 18, 2022

Updated on June 19, 2022

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American Legion Post 396 Commander Otto Hayes presents a plague to Jan Mills on June 16 honoring her for placing flags on veterans’ graves in the Spring Hope area every Memorial Day and Veterans Day for the last two decades.

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American Legion Post 396 Commander Otto Hayes presents a plague to Jan Mills on June 16 honoring her for placing flags on veterans’ graves in the Spring Hope area every Memorial Day and Veterans Day for the last two decades.

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The American Legion Post 396 honored Jan Mills last week for her unwavering dedication to fallen heroes by placing flags on local veteran graves for two decades.

Every Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Mills places flags on graves in Spring Hope and the surrounding area.

“I appreciate this so much,” Mills said when accepting a plaque from Post Commander Otto Hayes.

Hayes said he wanted everyone to know who had been placing flags on veterans’ graves all these years.

“We want to thank you, thank you, thank you for your support,” Hayes said.

Mills said she began placing the flags when she was a Cub Scout leader. She started in Bunn and Spring Hope and eventually included Wilson and Vance counties.

“Wherever we found a cemetery that needed flags,” Mills said.

Mills has been involved in state government and local politics since the 1970s.

A retired state employee and former office manager for The Enterprise, Mills served four terms on the local board of education, including two years as chairwoman.

Mills, who worked for the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles for 17 years, served as a legislative assistant for 14 sessions in the N.C. General Assembly, assistant to the president of economic development for Triangle East and a member of Gov. Jim Hunt’s legislative lobby staff. She also served as a trustee for Nash Community College.

A Castalia native, Mills was a candidate for N.C. House District 25.

Click here to watch a video of the American Legion presentation.

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