Fairmount Plaza Apartments conducted its 10th annual flag-raising ceremony for Memorial Day on Friday, with Sgt. Joe Loring of the Sugar Creek Police Department presenting the U.S. flag to Fairmount Plaza resident Halia Wiercinski, a survivor of World War II in Germany, whose son-in-law served in the National Guard and whose grandson still serves. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II and U.S. Army veteran Thomas Poulter, who commands VFW Post 56 in Kansas, were guest speakers at the reception following the ceremony, and Cleaver presented Fairmount Plaza with a U.S. flag that had flown above the Capitol in Washington D.C. [Mike Genet/The Examiner]