A ceremony to dedicate the eight flagpoles set around the Veterans’ Memorial in Fort Steuben Park will be held at noon on Saturday, May 23rd. Each pole will fly a flag for the American military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA.
The project has been a dream of Historic Fort Steuben’s President Jerry Barilla who has wanted to honor those men and women who have served the nation over the years.
“There are over 500 bricks around the fountain that were purchased in memory of veterans,” explained Barilla. “I see this site as a place to remember these service people, a place of reverence and dignity. I believe the flagpoles will add to that.”
The ceremony will begin at noon with music by the Tri-State Community Band and a welcome by Barilla, followed by short presentations by Cong. Bill Johnson, National Guard representative Lt. Jonathan Bratten, AmVets Post 275 officer Dan Wilson and veteran and pastor Jack Ernst. Acknowledgement of the many donors to the project will be made before the actual flags are raised.
“We are grateful to the JC Williams Charitable Trust and AmVets Post 275 for their support of this project,” said Judy Bratten, Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben. “From the men who served at Fort Steuben in the early years of our republic to those who are stationed in hot spots around the world today, they have earned our great respect and admiration. This ceremony will allow us another opportunity to express our thanks.”
The public is invited to the event at Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd Street in Steubenville and it is recommended to bring lawn chairs for seating.