Charlene Jones will present a flag to Mayor Brent Ives at Lincoln Park around 10:30 a.m. — following the arrival of the Fourth of July parade to the park.
Jones, a Tracy resident, will also present a second flag, which measures 2 feet by 3 feet, to a local military family. She is the current Mrs. California Outstanding Married Woman 2013 and Mrs. Northern California-America 2013 and competes in the pageant circuit on the platform of supporting America’s veterans and their families.
Working with the KIA Honor Flags, Jones honors Gold Star Mothers of America by presenting the flag on holidays and special occasions.
The flags honor all branches of the military and are the first such flags presented in Tracy.
“I think it’s really important to take time and respectfully honor these soldiers and their families, because they have done so much for this country and our freedoms,” Jones said during a phone interview on Wednesday, June 26. “It’s important to honor the people of Tracy who have lost loved ones and to honor the families that have made that sacrifice.”
As of Thursday, June 27, Jones was still looking for a military family or families to present a flag to during the July Fourth ceremony.
She and her husband, who is a staff sergeant in the Army, moved to Tracy in February.
“I really love Tracy because before we even moved in, people were saying hello to us and they wanted to get to know us,” she said. “(My husband and I) understand what it means to be a military family, and so we want to respectfully honor a soldier and their family here in Tracy.”
Interested families can contact Jones at 253-355-1222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.