The Flag Raising Ceremony will be held on Friday in Kerr Park at the Veterans Memorial
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.
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.
In honor of Veterans Day this Friday, the DowningtownThorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Flag Raising Ceremony.