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Commendations to Rhodhiss for the memorable July 20 celebration of that town's history and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Astronaut Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon for all of mankind!

At the July 18 "Coffee at the History Museum of Burke County" presentation, guests were treated to the fascinating story of the Rhodhiss mill, "Burlington #2", which made the special fabric used for the U.S. flag that Neil Armstrong planted on the moon. Rhodhiss Mayor Rick Justice, Town Historian Sherry Sigmon, Town Office Manager Barbara Harmon, as well as Carl Compton, a long-time Rhodhiss resident and loomfixer who retired from Burlington #2. Each shared fascinating glimpses into that story while also sharing a brief history of the town.

Two days later, intrigued by the flag story and wanting to know more, I went to Rhodhiss with my husband for the 50th anniversary celebration. There was a presentation of colors by East Burke High School's Army JROTC, music from the 1960s and 1970s, food, face painting, bouncy houses, a silent auction, young dancers from Morganton, a program about Rhodhiss history based on research by Mrs. Sigmon since 1988, interviews of former mill workers who were employed at the time the flag fabric was made, as well as homemade ice cream and fireworks over Lake Rhodhiss to cap the evening.

Hometown pride and the American spirit are alive and well in Rhodhiss. I am grateful for all the efforts that made the event possible and I am inspired. Thank you, Rhodhiss!

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