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While stationed in Kuwait, Sergeant First Class Carl Hall saw a dining facility with flags hung for each state and territory of the US, as well as many US universities.
Hall’s daughter is a student at Weber State University, and he said he wanted a WSU flag sent to him.
“I thought to myself, what an honor it would be to have a Weber State flag flying right next to them in that dining facility,” Hall said.
Trevor Hicks, former Davis campus vice president, said, “One of our service projects at the start of the year, we got all the leaders together, and we wrote on one side at the very top (of the flag), ‘WSU supports our troops,’ and then we all signed it. We had no idea the trip he would take that flag on, the people he would get to take that flag to.”
Hall came back from Kuwait in December after having the flag for six months. On Monday, Hall gave a presentation during the student senate meeting about the flag with his wife and four children in attendance. He talked about the flag and showed photos of the people who signed and have had it. The Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders and singer Aaron Tippin were among those who signed it. The members of Hall’s command also signed the flag, and photos in a slideshow Hall presented also showed people with the flag on tanks or with helicopters.
One photo was taken in Buehring, a US camp stationed right outside of Iraq. Barricades had been placed there for protection because it was so close to Iraq, and a man in the photo holds the flag in front of the barricades.
“So instead of having a concrete jungle that we had out there, they authorized each one of the units . . . to pick out one of those barricades and put their colors out there,” Hall said.
Brady Harris, Davis campus vice president, said that looking back over the last year when he first saw the flag, the fact that it traveled back meant the world to him.
“I had it in my possession for about a week, and that has probably been one of the greatest things we’ve done all year and just to know the meaning that is behind that flag,” Harris said. “I am so proud of Weber State.”
The flag will soon hang in the newest Davis campus building.
“I hope that it sort of tells a story so that when it goes on display here, that it was out of the support that the community and Weber State has for our troops that are right now facing harm’s way, and until they all come home, the war will not be over,” Harris said.