Flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony honors vet­er­ans

Cham­ber held its 2nd an­nual event

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DOWNINGTOWN >> Vet­er­ans and elected of­fi­cials gath­ered Fri­day at the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial in Kerr Park on Vet­er­ans Day for a cer­e­mony to honor vet­er­ans.

The Downingtown Thorn­dale Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce hosted its sec­ond an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Flag Rais­ing Cer­e­mony.

U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen, said he loves the Amer­i­can flag. He said the sac­ri­fices by the ser­vice members and vet­er­ans is what has given peo­ple their free­dom, in­clud­ing their right to peace­fully protest. He noted that in ref­er­ence to the protests fol­low­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion on Tues­day when Repub­li­can Donald Trump be­came the pres­i­den­tial-elect over Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell said vet­er­ans un­der­stand what public ser­vice means and the Amer­i­can flag “can­not be­gin to de­scribe how much we ap­pre­ci­ate” their ser­vice.

“We are thank­ful for ev­ery­thing you have done,” Maxwell said.

Ch­ester County Com­mis­sion­ers Michelle Kich­line and Kathi Coz­zone thanked the vet­er­ans for their sac­ri­fices and for serv­ing. Coz­zone ad­di­tion­ally thanked their fam­i­lies for be­ing sup­port­ive of them while they served.

“Your sac­ri­fices have meant so much to what this coun­try has be­come and what this coun­try will con­tinue to be,” Coz­zone said.

Rep. Har­ris Lewis, R-74, of Caln, thanked the vet­er­ans for their ser­vice. He said coun­try has been able to re­build pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes that the coun­try stands on, be­cause of the mil­i­tary.

“We be­lieve in you, we love you,” Lewis said. “We thank you.”

Sev­eral vet­er­ans who at­tended the Lionville Mid­dle School sev­enth an­nual Vet­er­ans Day assem­bly, of the Downingtown Area School District, on Fri­day then at­tended the flag rais­ing cer­e­mony. Sev­eral vet­er­ans re­mained at Kerr Park af­ter the cer­e­mony to re­tire the col­ors.

Downingtown Bor­ough Coun­cil, many of them present on Fri­day, 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. 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 re­placed sev­eral flags that were worn from weather con­di­tions.


The Downingtown-Thorn­dale Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce held its sec­ond an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Flag Rais­ing Cer­e­mony on Fri­day at the Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial in Kerr Park. Vet­er­ans and elected of­fi­cials gath­ered on Vet­er­ans Day for the cer­e­mony.

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