October 26, 2013

Citizen of the Week: Howard Moore

The Daily Citizen

— Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that get noticed.

When a reader came by The Daily Citizen recently to tell us about a resident at Wood Dale Health and Rehabilitation who takes the facility’s United States flag to its place every day, and removes it when appropriate — rain or shine — we decided to find out a little more about him.

Howard Moore’s sister, Marian Cooper, said Moore grew up in Dalton and attended Emery Street School. More than 40 years ago — she couldn’t immediately track down his exact time of service — Moore went into the Army and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged after two years.

After that discharge but still decades ago, somebody “ganged up on him,” Cooper said, and put his eye out.

While the reader noticed Moore’s dedication to properly placing and taking down the flag each day, Cooper said Moore has always been very particular and very neat.

“He’s kind of a self-made person,” she added. “He doesn’t have a whole lot to say. He’ll do anything for anybody, and he’s a man of few words. He doesn’t do a lot of talking, but he is friendly, and he likes to help people.”

Regina McNeese, the activities director at Wood Dale, said Moore plays bingo regularly in addition to performing his flag duties. She said he is the only person who cares for the flag.

“He takes it out every morning, and then he goes out and takes it back in every day, and if it rains during the day, he’ll go out and get it,” McNeese said.

For his efforts in honoring the flag at Wood Dale, The Daily Citizen names Howard Moore Citizen of the Week.