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Former League president presented Order of the Long Leaf Pine award 

by League Communications Associate Jessica Wells

Ronnie Wall, former League president and Burlington mayor, was recently awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, presented to North Carolinians who have served the state enthusiastically through their careers and communities. The governor has bestowed the award, which is considered one of the state’s most prestigious honors, to individual recipients since 1964.

In addition to the award, Wall received a key to the city, and flags that flew over the North Carolina Capitol from Council Member Jim Butler.

"These awards are wonderful testaments to the kind of local and state leader he is," League Executive Director Paul Meyer said. "The League and the City of Burlington are fortunate to have been connected with him over many years."

Meyer presented Wall with the Long Leaf Pine award at his final council meeting in December, which was standing-room only.

"In ancient times, cities were gated and surrounded by walls, and if you had the key to the city, you had all access. You could come and go as you pleased. You were recognized as a person that could be trusted, who was willful and had strong intent," Butler 

said (as reported by the Burlington Times-News.) "Mayor Wall has done numerous things for the City of Burlington, and Burlington is a city without walls, a city without gates, and we can thank Mayor Wall for that. That’s not just the key to the city. That is the key to the hearts of the citizens, a key to the hearts of the city staff, and the key to the heart of the many City Councils you have led."

Wall served two terms as a council member before being elected to five mayoral terms. In addition to his work as an elected official, he served on numerous League boards and as second vice president, first vice president, and then president in 2014-2015. In 2014, Wall accepted a position as the head of the Burlington School, a private, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school with roughly 250 students. His new position will continue his 30-year career in education.