New flag poles a community project

New flag poles a community project

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (WWNY) - Flags fly from two new flag poles in front of Gouverneur American Legion Post 65. It was quite a job getting them there.

The flag poles were dedicated Sunday; it gave the Legion a chance to publicly thank the people who made the new poles possible.

They replace three old poles.

“The old ones had been up for probably 20 years. They were a little bit smaller, they weren’t in really good shape at all,” said Jason Carvel, post commander.

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Steven Cline, treasurer of the Sons of American Legion, had an idea of how to replace the old poles, an idea he was reminded of on his drives to work.

“Everyday day since 2007 I drove by these poles,” he said. Cline’s talking about a couple of new poles he saw on what appeared to be abandoned property on Wellesley Island. The owner, Duty Free Americas, was more than happy to donate the poles.

But getting them out of the ground wasn’t easy.

“They were poured directly in concrete so we ended up having to cut them off at the base to remove the poles,” Cline said.

“We transported them back here and then we were trying to figure out how we were going to do it (put the poles up in front of the Legion).”

That’s when the community stepped in. Cline say the Legion didn’t have to ask twice; a local business - Trapp’s Garage - helped with welding while volunteers helped to put up the poles, and cleaned up the area, planted flowers around them all at no cost for the Legion.

“It make me feel great so see so many people volunteer their time, their efforts to hep the American Legion and to help us achieve our overall goals of supporting veterans, their family members, and the local community,” said Carvel.

“It’s heart warming to be able to see everybody care so much about something so important as our American Flag and our veterans and what they have done and sacrificed for us,” said Cline.

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