November 5th marked the beginning of a new era for the Norton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8049. After a year of planning Gary Cameron and his committee; Tom Deluca, Paul Correa, Missy Cunningham, Barbara Pelletier, Holly Instasi, Mary Wright, Don and Dianne Pickener, Martha Kennelly, and Lisa Butler, in a dedication ceremony, presented the post with The Circle Of Flags.
A parade up Summer St led by the Norton Police Honor Guard, Bob Ferguson playing bagpipes and veterans from various service organizations led the way to the Circle Of Flags. Each service flag in the circle was then flanked by veterans in uniform of their respective branch of the armed services. The ceremony commenced with the National Anthem sung by Allison Russell.
Post Commander John Danahey led all in the Pledge Of Allegiance followed by a prayer by Post Chaplain Kenny Nelson.
Gary Cameron thanked the Norton Police Honor Guard, Policemen, Firefighters, EMTs and other first responders, Norton Selectmen and selectwoman and other town officials in attendance.
Mr Cameron then thanked each of the Gold Metal Donors:
Norton Police Association and Fraternal Order of Police
Chad & Annie DuBuc
Norton Founders Day Committee
American Legion Post 222
Mansfield VFW Post 3264 & Auxiliary
LJ’s Car Wash
Alberto’s Pub & Pizza
In addition Mr Cameron thanks those that provided in-kind services:
Mike Greenwood & Dennis Fletcher for their labor and materials creating the hall entrance.
Paul Precourt for installing the electrical equipment.
Dorrance Excavating for donating the loam.
Jason Masse for the sign.
John Gray & Jeff Anderson for buffing and polishing the flag poles.
Micheal Brian’s, Andy Grieve and Chris Sullivan for tree and limb removal.
Jim House for power washing the building & painting the sign frame.
David Olivera of Norton Asphalt & Peter Lynch if Lynch Corporation for donating 15% of the asphalt.
Pillsbury Florist of West Bridgewater for the wreath.
And a special thanks to Marcus Dennett who is responsible for the design and landscaping.
It should be noted that the name “Circle Of Flags” was conceived by Debbie Cameron on top of the many hours she has dedicated to the Post over the years.
The Circle Of Flags display – wherein the United States flag is surrounded and undergirded by the flags of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard – is meant to symbolize the sacrifices if our veterans. Throughout our history soldiers have left the comfort and safety of home, standing tall to protect our country and cherished freedoms.
The Circle Of Flags conveys the official banners of each of the five branches of t he Armed Services. Each branch has long had an informal flag, but the flags we recognize today were first officially adopted in the mid-20th century. The Marine Corps led the way in adopting and official flag in 1939, followed by the Air Force, Army and Navy during the Eisenhower Administration, and then the Coast Guard under Pres. Johnson in 1964.
It is with gratitude and respect for all veterans that have served from the beginning of our great country that the committee presents the Circle of Flags.