Special flag coming to village to kick off Fourth of July weekend

ROUSES POINT - Fourth of July weekend events have been taking place in Rouses Point for the last five decades. This year, however, a special ceremony will take place that has even warranted sending an invitation to President Barack Obama.

On Friday, July 1, a special flag measuring 30 feet by 57.5 feet will be brought to the Rouses Point Civic Center on Lake Street. The flag 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.

Geri Favreau, one of the organizers of the annual Fourth of July events, explained 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 Favreau if they'd be interested in having it brought there.

"I think it's very special to have this flag coming to Rouses Point. If it weren't for Tom Middleton, we wouldn't have it," Favreau said.

Favreau said the original plan was to have the flag hang off the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge between Rouses Point and Alburgh, Vt. However, concerns of wind blowing the flag off the bridge changed plans to be hang the flag from aerial trucks at the civic center.

The ceremony will be organized by members of American Legion Montgomery Post 912. Favreau explained the Legion Commander Robert St. John sent her a note explaining the ceremony will be done "to honor the memory of the civilians, fire fighters and police officers who died Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor the memory of the military personnel who have and continue to die in the global war on terror."

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