continued “To think we had this person here in Champlain [is a privilege],” Paquette emphasized in her speech.
“I think the park looks really nice today,” said Martin. “The DPW did a really nice job ... and anything we can do to draw attention to our downtown is beneficial for us.”
Among the attendees were distinguished members of the American Legion Post 912 Gerald Mayo, Al Strack, Carl LaFontaine and Don Demars that initiated the ceremony by raising two new flags donated by the Woodsmen of the World Lodge 462 and the American Legion. Various members of the Champlain Town Board and Champlain Village Board, along with the Rev. James DelBel of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and historical author David Patrick were also involved with the celebration.
It was announced three War of 1812 panels will also displayed this September. Patrick said they will be set up at the Pliny Moore Estate, which was used as the headquarters for the American Army in 1812; and the stone farmhouse, which was used as a British commissary in 1814; and Paquette Park.