Raising the American Flag Ceremony
Video recorded Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Veterans Park, Newtown
The American Legion Post 440 Color Guard honored all branches of the military in a flag ceremony to raise the United States Flag for the first time on the new fifty foot flagpole in Veterans Park in Newtown Township, PA.
Speech by Phil Calabro, Chair of the Board of Supervisors
The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors appreciate your presence here today to help honor those men and women who served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces as we raise the flag on our new 50 foot flag pole at Veterans Park.
The flag is strategically placed to be within view of all the athletic fields and speaks to our young athletes of the importance of courage, discipline and teamwork because it is never just one soldier, airman, sailor, marine, Coast Guardsman or Merchant Marine who is victorious but the group working together to be triumphant.
All gave some, some gave all – this is a truth veterans know above all others, raising the flag today gives us a chance to reflect on the service and sacrifice of veterans. Service before self: defines everyone here today who has worn the uniform of our wonderful nation.
I would especially like to acknowledge:
- The American Legion Post 440
- Ryan Varian and Boy Scout Troop #99 for the 2011 donation and installation of the monument spelling out the name of the park (Newtown Veterans Park) and the flags and flagpoles honoring each branch of the service.
- Newtown Township Staff
- Council Rock Newtown Athletic Association
- Council Rock Lacrosse
- Patriot FC Soccer
- Park and Recreation Board
Thank you for providing me the opportunity to speak today, and taking the time to remember our heroes.
God bless you all, bless our veterans and bless the United States of America.