Dr. Major Shayna Thompson is currently a long way from home, but the Hannibal High School grad still keeps up on what happens in America’s Hometown. That is why the Hannibal City Council received a new U.S. flag during its Tuesday night meeting.
Thompson, the brigade surgeon with the Third Brigade, First Infantry, U.S. Army in Afghanistan, heard about the late July act of vandalism which saw the U.S. flag burned that had been flying atop Lover’s Leap.
According to Thompson, the commander of her base, Col. William B. Ostlund, wanted to do something for the city of Hannibal. He decided to fly a flag for about a month over the city in Afghanistan where their base is located, then send it to Hannibal to be flown here.
Accompanying the flag was a letter of explanation to the city.
Thompson, a 2000 Hannibal High School graduate, is the daughter of Wendell and Mary Glance of Hannibal. Her parents, who received a standing ovation from those in attendance, made the official presentation to the city Tuesday night.
Thompson’s husband is stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., where he is caring for the couple’s 20-month-old daughter.
Mayor Roy Hark, a military veteran, accepted the flag in behalf of the city.
(Courier-Post journalist Bev Darr contributed to this story.)