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The Famville Public Library dedicated a new flag to recognize Constitution Day on Friday, along with the mayor, chief of police and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Major Benjamin May Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Constitution Week from Friday to today to mark the 234th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. In addition to dedicating a new flag, the library features related books and provides free bookmarks.

“I am very honored to be here today as we lower one flag and raise another in honor of our country,” Library Director Angie Bates said at the ceremony. “Today is an appropriate day to do it because it is Constitution and Citizenship Day. It is appropriate to do it here at the library because, like Benjamin Franklin, one of the original signatories of the Constitution and one of the fathers of public libraries said about libraries, “Libraries have improved the general conversation of all Americans and made the simple trader and farmer as smart as most gentlemen. Libraries can have – to have contributed to a certain extent to the position so generally taken in all our colonies to defend the privileges granted to men by our Constitution.

Farmville Police Department officer Canuette and Chief Jeffery Spencer lowered the flag that was first hoisted over the library on February 17, 2020 and presented it to Gay Davenport of the DAR for his retirement. Mayor John Moore presented a new flag from US Senator Thom Tillis who had flown over the United States Capitol.

Davenport told the group the flag symbolized the essence of the Constitution they were there to celebrate. “It is a living document, and it rules a country represented by this flag and it ensures every citizen their freedoms and freedom in the American way of life. We are delighted that you have come to celebrate this and help us today.

Moore later said Citizenship Day and Constitution Day were “a great day for our library to remove a flag that has served our city and to raise one now that will serve as a symbol of this great country and of this beautiful community in which we live. “