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VA clinic flagpole repaired in Westport

The Westport VA clinic.

The Westport VA clinic. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The American flag will once again wave over the former Westport Troop Barracks.

Andrew C. Kropff, MSA for the Elizabethtown and Saranac Lake VA Primary Care Practice satellite offices, said that a new American flag along with a POW/MIA flag would be flying hopefully by the end of the week.

“We still need to paint the bottom of the pole, which I am planning on doing (July 30), “Kropff said. “We will put the flags up later in the week.”

Kropff said that he was made aware about the fact that there had not been a flag waving in front of the facility by a patient.

“For the longest time there was not a flag there, and one day, one of the veterans came in to see me and asked why there was not a flag flying at the Westport site,” he said. “I told him that I did not know and he bought one and brought it in for us to put up.”

Once they had the flag, Kropff said that the next step was getting the flagpole in proper shape.

“The pole needed some repairs, and we were fortunate to have all of the supplies that were donated to us,” he said. “Gretchen Boardman helped us by getting in touch with Tony LaVigne of the Essex County DPW, who helped us lower the pole and raise it back up.”

Kropff said that there were a lot of helping hands to restore the flagpole, including Moriah Shock inmates and others.

“It was really cool to see how a lot of people came together to get this done,” he added.

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