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Column: New flag at Chamber building

ESCANABA — On Sunday, June 14 the United States paused to recognize “Old Glory” on Flag Day and what it stands for.

Celebrated every year on June 14, Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, according to Marc Leepson in his book, “Flag: An American Biography.”   

Displaying of the U.S. Flag is an important part of our heritage and as our multi-use building project was complete, it was clear that one of the finishing touches of our project would need to be an impressive flag pole.

Thanks to the generosity of the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association a flag pole was ordered in the fall of 2019, shortly after the opening of the new facility. We were eager to get the pole installed after the spring thaw. Unfortunately, due to construction delays associated with COVID-19, the flag pole at multi-use complex at the U.P. State Fairgrounds was not ready in time for this important celebration.

On June 17th our flag pole was installed and before the concrete was set, Sergeant 1st Class John Lancour, U.S. Army National Guard, Retired arrived with a donation of a U.S. flag that we could proudly display.

Although it has been a regular occurrence for me in working with this Delta County region for over 15 years, it is still always great to see how everyone comes together to continue building up this wonderful waterfront community!

We look forward to proudly honoring our U.S. flag during Flag Day, and all days, at our new home- for years to come.

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Sheila Krueger is associate director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce.

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