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DOWNINGTOWN – The Downingtown Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans by hosting its 7th annual Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

The event will take place at the Veterans Memorial Flagpole in Kerr Park, Pennsylvania Avenue, Downingtown. The GPS position is 19 Park Lane, Downingtown.

The public is invited to attend. Participating in the flag raising will be VFW Post 845, American Legion Post 475, Marine Corps League of Chester County and Sons of the American Revolution, Philadelphia Chapter. Local elected officials were also invited.

Speakers will be Glenn Gilbert, Commanding Officer American Legion Post 475, Martin Peterson, Commanding Officer VFW Post 845, Bonnie Shaw, Commanding Officer Marine Corps League and our elected officials.

“The Chamber is very proud of our ability to fly the flag high in Downingtown. Donations from the local community have been instrumental in our ability to continue this project. I believe the large flag and attached memorial are a fitting tribute to those who have served in our armed forces; past, present and future,” said Jonathan Wright, Speaker of the House.

“In 2015 Downingtown Borough Council appointed the Downingtown Area Chamber of Commerce as the organization responsible for the upkeep, upkeep and purchase of new flags at the Veterans Memorial Flagpole at Kerr Park “said Steve Plaugher, Executive Director of the Chamber.

Since then, over $15,000 has been raised. The money was used to paint the 120′ mast and purchase several 30′ x 60′ flags that fly on holidays and 15′ x 25′ flags that fly on other days. “We are committed to raising funds to maintain flagpoles, purchase new flags, and create an endowment fund to ensure our American flag is proudly displayed in perpetuity,” Plaugher said.

Businesses and individuals wishing to support the purchase of American flags, please make checks payable to Chester County Friends of the Flag, Inc. and mail to the Downingtown Area Chamber of Commerce, 216 Lancaster E. Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335. Chester County Friends of the Flag, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a program of the Downingtown Area Chamber of Commerce.