Le­gion Park flag­pole to be ded­i­cated on Flag Day

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE -

The City of Lodi will rec­og­nize Na­tional Flag Day on June 14 with the ded­i­ca­tion of a new flag­pole at Amer­i­can Le­gion Park.

The cer­e­monies are sched­uled for noon at the park, lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of Hutchins and Vine streets. They in­clude com­ments by com­mu­nity lead­ers, fol­lowed by mem­bers of the Lodi-based Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 22 con­duct­ing a flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony.

The flag­pole was in­stalled through the ef­forts of Lodi res­i­dent John Cal­la­han, who raised funds for the project and re­fur­bished an ex­ist­ing flag­pole do­nated by a Lodi busi­ness. Richard Prima, a for­mer Lodi Pub­lic Works direc­tor, as­sisted Cal­la­han in the process of ob­tain­ing per­mits and engi­neer­ing re­views re­quired be­fore the pole was in­stalled.

Lodi’s Elec­tric Util­ity as­sisted with drilling the hole needed to pour the con­crete footing sup­port­ing the flag­pole, and other Lodi busi­nesses do­nated la­bor and ma­te­ri­als.

The ex­ist­ing flag­pole was in­stalled near the cen­ter of the park in 1976, but trees have over­grown that lo­ca­tion. The plaque that ac­com­pa­nied the 1976 flag­pole ded­i­ca­tion has been re­lo­cated to the new site.

Flag Day com­mem­o­rates the day in 1777 on which the Con­ti­nen­tal Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the Amer­i­can flag. In 1949, Pres­i­dent Harry S. Tru­man signed an act of Congress des­ig­nat­ing June 14 of each year as Na­tional Flag Day.

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