Veterans Day Flag Pole Dedication Ceremony

After years of restoration, Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall now has a flagpole and a new official flag to fly there.

On Veterans Day the library hosted a dedication ceremony, which I photographed as I do most events. I was really excited about this one because the ceremony included members of so many parts of our town. The American Legion Carnegie Post No. 82 advised the Library & Music Hall on the appropriate protocol for the dedication, Legion members were the color guard and presented the colors. Rick D’Loss, USMC veteran, Carnegie Councilman and Library & Music Hall Trustee served as emcee for the ceremony. The Very Rev. Robert Popichak delivered the Invocation, and the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves fired the single volley the ceremony calls for. Carlynton alumnus (Class of 2017) and accomplished trumpeter Tyler Smith played the colors. The ceremony also paid tribute to Korean War veteran Robert M. Gordon who donated the new flagpole and flag to the Library & Music Hall.

Below is a gallery of photos from the ceremony, the “official” ones first that we’ll use for the library’s newsletter and social networking, then the all the others, the character shots, people waiting, talking, preparing, saluting, heads bowed during the invocation, hands on hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance. When we all get together, it’s a beautiful thing.

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  1. Bernadette, this is lovely! You captured the sights and feelings of the whole thing so beautifully–even the shivers due to the cold. No pictures of Bob but he is a low key guy.

    1. Thanks, Lynn! Bob is in there, standing with Rick in front of the flag. They are 8 up from the bottom because it was the end of the ceremony. I also got a photo of him with all of his boys–the one his family also got–but that seemed like more of a personal nature.

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