"For us, over the Fourth of July, for the Greenbrier Classic to be able to publicly show appreciation to our servicemen and women, that's just one opportunity for us to be able to highlight and show them publicly our appreciation," said Monte Ortel, executive tour director for the Classic.
Typically, two Guardsmen tend the flag during the morning and two more in the evening over the four-day event, Ortel said.
The Classic also has other ways of honoring military service members and veterans. The event has partnered with Hertz for a program that contributed $13,920 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Ortel said.
Retired and active-duty service members get free tickets to the tournament, as well as upgraded food and beverage options and other perks, Ortel said.
"That's just another thing that the tournament's able to provide our servicemen and women," Ortel said.
Arthur, originally of Poca, is a full-time education student who also works at Kroger. He lives in Dunbar and has been a Guardsman since April 2012.
Other service members turned down the opportunity to attend the tournament, Arthur said. They didn't want to spend the whole week here.
"I was very fortunate to be able to use my time wisely and be away from my family and sacrifice a little bit of my time to be here and be a part of it," Arthur said.
He will get some return on that investment, though. He's a golfer himself, and watching the professional golfers at his first PGA tournament will help improve his own game, he said.
"The thing I'm going to probably take most [from] my experience here is the way that they're so calm and they take their time, they don't overthink it a lot, " he said. "I like the way they carry themselves. They're just really composed out there."
Reach Lori Kersey at 304-348-1240 or lori.ker...@wvgazette.com