American spirit flying high on Cobble Hill

ELIZABETHTOWN Amidst the fall foliage, people looking at Cobble Hill might catch a glimpse of the stars and stripes. Elizabethtown resident Mike Doyle recently coordinated the installation of new pole and flag on Cobble Hill, which overlooks the Elizabethtown hamlet area. On Oct. 6, Doyle, his son Thomas, and brother-in-law Jeff Drummond climbed up Cobble Hill - first using ATVs, and then on foot - to make the installation on private property owned by Dr. Herbert Savel. The flag pole is located on one of the cliffs, and is clearly visible from several points in town. The 30-foot tall post was installed against a dead tree to help provide stability. The pole and 5 x 10 foot flag were provided by Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society to the Elizabethtown Fire Department, of which Doyle is a member. Doyle has placed several flags upon the mountain, starting after 9-11. One large flag was donated by members of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club previously, but wear and tear necessitated its replacement. Doyle said a flag on Cobble Hill was a long-standing tradition. On the summit of the mountain, there remains a place where a pole was installed in the past. The current flag appears about halfway up the mountain. Doyle said he decided to install the new flag in honor of the victims and heroes of 9-11. A small plaque at the base of the pole also recognizes the enduring spirit of all Americans.

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