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Lebanon Catholic Church Service Flag

The Oregonian, 21 Apr 1918, page 13

St. Edward’s Catholic Church, of Lebanon, has the honor of being one of the foremost Catholic churches of the state in the point of patriotism. At the dedication of its service flag on Patriotic Sunday the church invited the entire community to join with the members of the parish in a patriotic and religious celebration that was one of the largest affairs and one of the most impressive ever held in Lebanon. Rev. Father J. L. Carrico is the priest in charge of the parish and is intensely patriotic. His church was among the first Catholic churches in the state to display the flag.

The Grand Army of the Republic, the Women's Relief Corps, the Home Guards and the City Council all were invited to participate in the flag dedication of Sunday. The schools also and the faculty members received special invitations.

Father Carrico presided and in a brief address paid tribute to the boys who represented the parish in the war. A gold star was placed on the flag in honor of the late Father Timothy Murphy, a friend and college mate of Father Carrico, who recently died in service.

Rev. J. R. Buck gave the sermon, which was most impressive and patriotic. He reminded the assemblage of the many things that the Catholic Church is doing for the cause of the allies.

As such a large crowd assembled the services had to be in front of the church and afterward there was an additional meeting in the building.

The choir gave an excellent musical programme. Mrs. Frank Devlin, mother of the first boy to enlist, and Peter Duerst, father of one of the soldiers stood as sponsors for the service flag, and for the American flag J. Hermans and Mrs. Mallon were sponsors. Little girls, relatives of soldiers carried the service flag and little brothers of the boys represented on the flag served as acolytes. The boys for whom the stars are placed are

  • Frank Devlin, Navy
  • Lawrence Bach, Army
  • J. Kundinger, Aviation Corps
  • Tony Markee, Aviation Corps
  • Herman Duerst, Army
  • Carl Edward Mallon, Army
  • Jacob Hermans, Army