Kennedy Plans Flag Retirement Ceremony

KENNEDY – The 10th anniversary of the Kennedy Pride Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Hallquist Park. Roland Swanson is once again lending his expertise in organizing such formal occasions, and presented his plans to the members of Kennedy Pride at their recent meeting.

This ceremony is to honor all the flags which have flown to honor our nation. Anyone who would like to have a flag honorably retired may contact Swanson, town of Poland Clerk Barb Czerniak, or town of Poland Highway Superintendent Larry Mee. They can even be brought before the service.

Following the ceremony, a dish-to-pass picnic will be held. Kennedy Pride will again provide hot dogs and beverages. Everyone is welcome to attend both the service and the picnic.

The Pasta Parade was discussed. While the turnout was fewer than hoped for, all those who attended were very complimentary about the meal. It did end up making a profit, so group members were encouraged to try to find ways to make it better in the future.

Exactly where a pavilion could be placed in Hallquist Park is still being considered. The site that had been chosen could possibly have a problem due to power lines. Further investigation into the matter will be made.

Steve Stanton noted that he had received pictures of possible “Welcome to Kennedy” signs from another company. He passed the designs around and gave the group the price estimate that had been given, informing members of the materials and other specifics of the signs. Group members decided to have a special meeting in late June to discuss a final selection for the signs.

Co-President Shirley Leyman gave the group an update on the Conewango Creek cleanup. It will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17. Volunteers will travel along the Conewango Creek in July to prepare the way. The Conewango Watershed group will provide much of the expertise for the clean-up. Final plans are still being made, but Pride members felt this would be a good community project.

Co-President Linda Bish said she had talked to two musical groups about performing in Hallquist Park this summer. The “Jammin’ in the Park” series has proven popular over the last few years. Dates for the two concerts have not been finalized. She said she was still trying to get a third musical act for the summer.

Group members noted that the flags had been installed on poles around the town for the summer. They thanked Larry Mee and his crew for their efforts. More than 140 flags are now displayed in the town. Residents may purchase flags in honor of or in memory of someone to be displayed in the town. They can also purchase them for personal use. Cost for the all-weather, American-made flags is $25. Those displayed on the poles have an average lifespan of two years, so they are constantly being replaced. Kennedy Pride purchases these flags every year as part of their efforts to enhance the community.

The next meeting of Kennedy Pride will be the Flag Retirement Ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Hallquist Park. Everyone is welcome to come and honor the flags, then enjoy the picnic afterward.

The next meeting of Kennedy Pride will be the Flag Retirement Ceremony on Wednesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Hallquist Park.