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

"It's really becoming a big deal," Favreau said, adding invitations to the ceremony will be sent out to Obama, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

"And, then the governors and lieutenant governors of both states, Vermont and New York," Favreau said. "And then, in New York State our senators and assemblypeople that represent New York both in Washington and in Albany."

There are also people in the area Favreau plans to send invitations to, who went to New York City following the attacks to help with relief efforts.

The ceremony, which will be open to the public, will be followed by a concert with The Strawhatters and Community Singers.

Favreau said Middleton is working with the U.S. Border Patrol to have the flag brought to Burlington, Vt., its next stop on the nationwide tour, by traveling down Lake Champlain.

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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