Eufaula's Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremonies held in Eufaula Cove (Collies Campground) on
Sunday could be considered successful, as some 500 people gathered to witness the event. Eufaula's
Mayor Joe Johnson welcomed the people early in the program and was handed the scrolls by
bicentennial chairman Jim Young. The Mayor joined Richard Garrity and Carl Hervey in the canoe
for the trip up to Lake Eufaula as far as possible, where Mayor Joe Johnson joined Bret Boyd, Gail
Burdine and Rodney Helms, (local high school students) finished delivering the scrolls by horseback to
the National Wagon Train which was camped in Checotah on Monday.
The Eufaula Bicentennial was very impressive with the canoe being paddled in the distance,
while a group of Indians from Tuskogee Church sang Amazing Grace in the Creek language. The
pledge of allegiance to the flag was under the direction of W. Star Wilson and Rev. Kenneth Shaw
gave the invocation. The color guard under the direction of Jimmy Walker Jr. is known to be the only
all Indian color guard in the state.