Hon­or­ing vet­er­ans

The Flag Rais­ing Cer­e­mony will be held on Fri­day in Kerr Park at the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial

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DOWNINGTOWN >> Our flag was still there.

The Downingtown-Thorn­dale Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce will host its sec­ond an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Flag Rais­ing Cer­e­mony at 10 a.m. Fri­day at the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial flag pole in Kerr Park. The cer­e­mony is open to the pub­lic.

VFW Post 845 will par­tic­i­pate with com­ments from the lo­cal VFW com­man­der. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by Kevin Pierce, who sings at sev­eral hol­i­day events in Downingtown.

Cham­ber com­merce mem­bers said that in­vited guests in­clude: U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen; state Sen. An­drew Din­ni­man, D-19, of West White­land; state Rep. Harry Lewis, R-74, of Caln; state Rep. Becky Corbin, R-156, of East Brandy­wine; Ch­ester County Com­mis­sion­ers Ter­ence Far­rell, Kathi Coz­zone and Michelle Kich­line; Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell and the seven Downingtown Bor­ough Coun­cil mem­bers.

Downingtown Bor­ough Coun­cil des­ig­nated the Cham­ber of Com­merce in 2015 as the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­spon­si­ble for the care, main­te­nance, and pur­chas­ing of new flags at the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial flag pole in Kerr Park, said cham­ber Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Steve Plaugher.

He noted that since last year, more than $12,000 has been raised in the com­mu­nity, which has al­lowed them to have the 120-foot flag pole painted along with the pur­chase of mul­ti­ple 30-by-60foot flags that are flown on hol­i­days. The smaller 15-by25-foot flags, also pur­chased by do­na­tions, are flown on other days. “We are com­mit­ted to rais­ing funds nec­es­sary for flag pole main­te­nance, pur­chase of new flags, and cre­at­ing an en­dow­ment fund to in­sure that our Amer­i­can flag is proudly dis­played in per­pe­tu­ity,” Plaugher said.

The Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Amer­i­can flag in Kerr Park at 1 Kerr Lane can be seen from a dis­tance. Due to its cen­tral lo­ca­tion in Ch­ester County, Downingtown was se­lected in 2001 by Flags Across Amer­ica to dis­play the 30-by-60 flag at the small pocket park ded­i­cated to mil­i­tary vet­er­ans. The cham­ber has worked to raise funds and suc­cess­fully re­placed sev­eral flags that were worn from weather con­di­tions.

“The cham­ber is very proud of our abil­ity, along with many gen­er­ous mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, to keep a flag fly­ing high over Downingtown,” cham­ber Pres­i­dent Mike Glover said in a state­ment. “My grand­fa­ther, Thomas, is a WWII vet­eran, and I be­lieve that the large flag and ad­join­ing me­mo­rial are a fit­ting trib­ute to those who have served in our mil­i­tary; past, present and fu­ture.” To do­nate, visit the Cham­ber of Com­merce web­site at www. dtrcc.com and click on the “Ch­ester County Friends of the Flag” tab. Cham­ber rep­re­sen­ta­tives said that checks may be sent to the Downingtown-Thorn­dale Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce at 216 E. Lan­caster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335. Checks should be made payable to Ch­ester County Friends of the Flag, Inc.

Ch­ester County Friends of the Flag, Inc. is a non­profit pro­gram of the Downingtown-Thorn­dale Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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The Downingtown-Thorn­dale Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce will host its sec­ond an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Flag Rais­ing Cer­e­mony on Fri­day. Pic­tured are vet­er­ans who at­tended the cer­e­mony last year at Kerr Park in Downingtown.

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In honor of Vet­er­ans Day this Fri­day, the Down­ing­townThorn­dale Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce will host its sec­ond an­nual Flag Rais­ing Cer­e­mony.

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