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Dedication of the Livingston County Veterans Monument is slated for Flag Day

According to a press release from Livingston County, the dedication of the Livingston County Veterans Monument is slated for Flag Day.

Each year, Flag Day is held on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of our nation’s flag by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

In conjunction with Flag Day 2021, Livingston County is holding a dedication ceremony to show appreciation for everyone has who made the Livingston County Veterans Monument what it is today. The monument consists of over 200 metal poppies in the shape of an American flag.

The date is set for Monday, June 14 at 11 a.m. at Gypsy Lane in Mount Morris.

“Celebrating the Veterans Monument on Flag Day is very fitting as Mount Morris is the birthplace of Francis Bellamy, author of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,” Jason Skinner, Director of Livingston County Veteran Services, stated. “Livingston County is a truly patriotic community.”

The following guests will be speaking at the ceremony:

Gary Anderson – Keynote Speaker; Retired Marine Corps Colonel (1969-2000)

Olie Olson – Metal Trades Instructor, Mount Morris CTE Center; Poppy Project Leader

Julie Donlon, Ed.D. – Assistant Superintendent, Genesee Valley BOCES

Don Higgins – Retired Livingston County Highway Superintendent; Marine Corps Veteran (1970-1972); Project Participant

Thomas J. Dougherty – Livingston County Sheriff

Michael J. Falk – Lima Town Supervisor, United States Army Captain, Gulf War Veteran (1988-1993); Project Participant

Andrea Bailey – Acting Livingston County Clerk

Laura Stradley – CEO, Veterans Outreach Center; Army Veteran (8 years)

Anyone wishing to attend the ceremony should wear a mask if not vaccinated for COVID-19.

The Department of Veterans Affairs will be on-site to offer COVID-19 vaccinations (Johnson & Johnson) to any Veteran or spouse of a Veteran who is interested in receiving one. In addition, the Veterans Outreach Center will provide hotdogs and refreshments.

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