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Patriot flag comes to Northern Tier July 1

ROUSES POINT - The village of Rouses Point will welcome a special flag as part of its Fourth of July weekend festivities next weekend.

As first reported in the March 16 edition of the North Countryman, the Patriot Flag, a special flag measuring 30 feet by 57.5 feet, will be brought to the Rouses Point Civic Center on Lake Street Friday, July 1. The flag - which will be displayed utilizing aerial trucks from the Montgomery Hose, Hook and Ladder Co. and Saint-Paul-de-l'ile-aux-Noix fire department in Quebec - has been traveling the country since Aug. 10, 2010, beginning in San Diego, Calif., as a tribute to the Armed Forces, first and second responders, those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and their families.

Rouses Point is one of only five stops that will be made with the flag in New York State. The village was added to the itinerary after Chazy native Tom Middleton, coordinator for the Vermont stops, asked Geri Favreau, one of the organizers of the village's annual Fourth of July events, if the village would be interested in having it brought there.

The special event will be marked by a ceremony at 6 p.m., organized by members of American Legion Montgomery Post 912. The ceremony will honor the memory of the civilians, firefighters and police officers who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and to honor the memory of the military personnel who have and continue to die in the global war on terror.

Political leaders all the way up to President Barack Obama have been invited to the ceremony, which will be open to the public. The ceremony will be followed by a concert with The Strawhatters and Community Singers.

Other plans are still being finalized for the rest of Rouses Point's Fourth of July weekend, which is themed as "Honoring Our Patriots," in honor of the flag. Events will include a 5-kilometer race scheduled to take place Saturday, July 2, at 8 a.m., and a boat parade of lights the same day at dusk. Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help coordinate a talent show July 2 to be held in the afternoon.

For more information or to help in the organization of the Fourth of July weekend, contact the village office at 297-5502.

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