KENNEDY - The first meeting in Hallquist Park for the season saw Kennedy Pride members making plans for the annual flag retirement ceremony.
The ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in Hallquist Park. Roland Swanson will be the master of ceremonies again this year. Swanson told the group his plans for the evening's program. Anyone who has a flag which they would like to have honorably retired may contact Barb Czerniak, town clerk, or a member of Kennedy Pride. Several flags have already been received for retirement. Following the ceremony, a free dish-to-pass picnic will be held. The public is invited to attend. If a new flag is needed, all-weather flags can be purchased through Kennedy Pride as well.
Linda Bish, Kennedy Pride co-president, said Shirley and Barry Leyman had cleaned and sealed the bridge in Hallquist Park to help protect it from the elements. Ms. Leyman has also planted shrubs at each end of the Veterans' Memorial in Hallquist Park.
From left, Clarence Robbins and Roland Swanson hold an old 48-star American flag found in a basement, which has been given to Mr. Swanson to be honorably retired on June 13th in Hallquist Park duroing Kennedy Pride’s Flag Retirement Ceremony.
Photo by Rosemary Carver
Eunice Speta has purchased a new flag for the flagpole and will provide geraniums for both the memorial and the flagpole. Ms. Bish said she would contact the town zoning officer with the name of the contractor for the new pavilion so a permit can be issued. Group members expect the pavilion to be completed before the end of summer.
The recent Victorian Tea was reported as a success. Everything was donated, so there were no expenses. Roland Swanson thanked the group for the tribute to Doris Swanson during the Victorian Tea.
The July concert in Hallquist Park has been confirmed. Saturday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. will see local musician Brenda Carr and some of her friends perform. As always, concerts are free and open to the public.
The next Kennedy Pride meeting will be the flag retirement ceremony in Hallquist Park. The public is welcome to the annual event and the picnic afterward.