The Victory Electric family was saddened to lose retired employee and military veteran Robert “Bob” Hughes Jr. in July. During his time at Victory Electric and after his retirement in 2009, Hughes served as the chairman of the Avenue of Flags in Dodge City. The Dodge City Commission recently proclaimed Monday, November 11, 2019, as Robert L. ‘Bob’ Hughes day, in conjunction with national Veteran’s Day.
Bob Hughes spent half of his two-year Marine service in the jungles of Vietnam and earned a private pilot’s license and served as a Lieutenant Major in the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Dodge City and the Avenue of Flags will honor Hughes, a man largely responsible for the Avenue of Flags at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City and in recognition for his inspiring patriotism and service to the United States, Kansas and Dodge City. Hughes, along with other veteran organizations, formed the Avenue of Flags in 1978.
The ceremony will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery beginning at 10 am on November 11. Proclamations will be read from Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Dodge City Mayor Brian Delzeit, as well as the laying of the wreaths by auxiliaries from the GI Forum, American Legion, the honoring of the Unknown Soldier, and the Vietnam Memorial.
“The Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies conducted by the Avenue of Flags at Dodge City’s Maple Grove Cemetery require substantial organization and funding. Bob Hughes provided leadership in creating a collaborative relationship among the VFW, GI Forum, American Legion, City of Dodge City, Boy Scouts, and the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas to install and maintain the magnificent Avenue of Flags display,” said Dodge City Mayor Brian Delzeit. “In recognition for his inspiring patriotism and service to the United States, Kansas, and Dodge City, the Avenue of Flags will honor Bob Hughes during the Veterans Day ceremonies and with gratitude for his inspiring patriotism and service to others, the city of Dodge City extends profound appreciation to Robert L. ‘Bob’ Hughes Jr, with commitment to preserving and honoring his proud legacy for generations to come.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, later to be known as Veterans Day. Veterans Day is the day where tribute is given to all American veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
“Retired in 2009 after 32 years of service as a lineman, we remember Bob Hughes as a wonderful person who had a great sense of adventure, humor and a strong patriotism who was an inspiration to us all,” said Shane Laws, Victory Electric CEO. “He was passionate about veterans and spent many years serving the Avenue of Flags organization. I couldn’t think of a more deserving person to receive this honor.”