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St. Cloud Flag Flyers Award


Pvt. Lucius L. Mitchell Camp 4 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is pleased to recognize Bob and Bobbi Oakes for consistently flying the American Flag at their St. Cloud residence.

Both were born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and many of their relatives served in the Army, Navy or Marines. Bobbi’s grandparents Benjamin Harrison and Tursa Smith moved to this location in 1963, followed by Bobbi’s mom, Betty Smith Sandlin in 1978. The Oakes eventually took ownership of the house in 1992. Now the two make St. Cloud their winter home and have refurbished the house and added several nice appointments. Both are avid Pittsburgh Steeler fans and enjoy day trips around Central Florida.

Bob commented, “We have strong patriotic feelings for this country we love and are proud to have the freedom to fly Old Glory here at our home.”

For this act of patriotism Past Dept. Cmdr. Ron McCracken proudly presented Bob and Bobbi Oakes with a certificate for being a St. Cloud Flag Flyer. The SUVCW encourages other residents to do likewise. The SUVCW invites male descendants of Union Veterans of the Civil War to consider joining their order. For more information or to inquire about research, call PDC Ron McCracken at 321-442-1856. Thank you, Bob and Bobbi for flying The Stars and Stripes.