Keeseville A new flagpole now displays the American flag at the Chesterfield Town Hall.
The pole, which was donated earlier by Woodmen of the World, was dedicated as part of a 9/11 remembrance ceremony held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the offices in Keeseville.
“Since 2002, we have been dedicating flagpoles ad presenting flags on Sept. 11 not only to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11 but to honor those who continue to serve our country in the military and those who serve in law enforcement and as emergency first responders,” Doris Sullivan of Woodmen of the World No. 1016 of Plattsburgh. “We can think of no better way of honoring them than with the sight of the American flag flying.”
Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said he appreciated the work done by Woodmen to contribute flags to the town as well as the flagpole, the second which had been gifted to the municipality.
“In our most recent hurricane, the flagpole was broken off and the memorial in front of it was washed down the road by the rushing water,” Morrow said. “When we asked them to help us again, they came back with a more sturdy, one-piece flagpole.”
After the pole was installed, the parties were not able to find an appropriate time to hold a dedication ceremony until now.
“I feel that this was a good day to do it,” Morrow said. “It is a chance to remember and honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.”
“Thousands of people lost their lives in those terrorist attacks, but hundreds of heroes also materialized in the wake of those attacks and we do this to honor them, as well,” Sullivan said. “Freedom is a very precious thing and something that should not be taken lightly.”
Morrow was joined by a member of the New York State Police in raising the flag atop the new flagpole, then lowering it to half staff as part of the national day of remembrance.