After more than 10 years of planning, one of the tallest and largest flags in the county will rise on Veterans Day in a special ceremony.
At 11 a.m. Sunday, the Fayette County Flag Committee will host a flag dedication ceremony in the parking lot near the Sears store at Uniontown Mall by installing, raising and setting into place a 30- by 60-foot flag.
The date and time of the dedication ceremony is significant.
“If you follow history, on the 11th hour, of the 11th month in 1918 an armistice between German and Allied nations happened,” said Norman Zimmerman, the chairman of the Fayette County Flag Committee. “The next year, President Wilson called for a moment of silence at 11 a.m. Congress made Nov. 11 an official holiday called Armistice Day in 1926, and changed it to Veterans Day in 1954. It's why we picked Nov. 11 to raise the flag.”
Zimmerman has been involved with the project since 2000 and has received many donations including a $20,000 donation from the late philanthropist Robert Eberly.
In June, a crane hoisted a 141-foot flagpole into the air and slowly lowered it 21 feet into the ground at the mall.
The public-access memorial will have one of the tallest flagpoles and largest flags in Fayette County with five abstract soldiers held in a permanent salute to honor the flag.
“I had a challenge to design this memorial,” said Gregory R. Asbee, the project manager/designer with the flag committee. “What drove the design were the large dimensions of the flag, wind, drape and the flag drape at half-mast. With those limitations set, it was amazing how the rest fell into place.”
Sunday's program will include performances by the VFW Band and the raising of the flag for the very first time.
For more information, to make a donation or purchase a personalized brick, visit www.fayetteflag.org or facebook.com/fayetteflag.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539.
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