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Flagpole Dedication & Celebration 2003

Cover Design of Flagpole Dedication Program“On behalf of the citizens of this community we present this new flagpole to the Richmond Hill Library to be the new rallying point of our people in days that are bright and in days when clouds are gathering” 
Jacob Riis - 1910

Jacob RiisIn 1910 Jacob Riis, a long time Richmond Hill resident and America’s first Photojournalist, created a movement among the people to erect a flagpole in front of the 1905 Richmond Hill Library. Amid great fanfare the American flag was raised. A number of years later when Lefferts Blvd was widened the flagpole was taken down and never replaced. The Richmond Hill Historical Society made it their special goal, in 2003, to place a new flagpole in front of the library and recreate the original 1910 ceremony to rally the people of Richmond Hill once again. - The Richmond Hill Historical Society
 

Many thanks to Carl Ballenas  for Creating and Designing The Flagpole Dedication Program! Special Mention to all the students that participated in the Essay Contest, "What America Means To Me". The actual printed Program highlights an excerpt from each of the students essays. Congratulations to the winners who received a $100 Bond Certificate.


FLAG DAY PROGRM

10:30 AM 
Patriotic Band: The ROTC Drum Corps of Franklin K. Lane High School led by Captain Duarte.

11:00 AM
Introduction by President Nancy Cataldi, Historian Carl Ballenas and Vice President Ivan Mrakovcic.

  • Benediction by Monsignor O'Brien from St. Benedict Joseph Labre Church.

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  • Blessing by Rabbi Dr. C.I. Etrog.

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  • CommunityYouth Chorus to sing “America the Beautiful”.

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  • Congressman Meeks reading poem “I am the Flag”.

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  • Essay winner Alexandra Grabicki  “What America Means to Me”.

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  • Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin.

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  • Veterans Walter Benson and Jack Toal raise the Flag as the CommunityYouth Chorus sings the “Star Spangled Banner”.

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  • Pledge of Allegiance by all the School Children.

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  • Councilman Dennis Gallagher reciting the 1910 Jacob Riis speech.

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  • Queens Borough Public Library Director Gary Strong accepting the flagpole on behalf of the library.

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  • Father Murphy of Holy Child Jesus blessing the flagpole.

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  • Essay winner Derek Shiwnath “What America Means to Me”.

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  • Gettysburg Address by John Sommese of Simonson’s.

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  • Essay winner Sandra Sevelkovaite “What America Means to Me”.

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  • Invocation by Father McCarron of the Church of the Resurrection of Richmond Hill.

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  • Councilwoman Melinda Kate singing “God Bless America”.
We Would Like to Thank the Following Patriots for Their Donations for This Wonderful Addition to Our Community 
 
MAPLE GROVE CEMETERY
CEO: LINDA MAYO PEREZ

KEARNS FUNERAL HOME

SIMONSON'S FUNERAL HOME

COUNCILWOMAN MELINDA KATZ

UNICO QUEENSBORO CHAPTER

THE ROTARY CLUB OF
SOUTHWEST QUEENS

GEORGE BAUERNFEIND

JOSEPH DE MAY JR.

CAPTAIN FAILOR

JOANN CATALDO (IN MEMORY OF HER PARENTS IDA AND SAM)

JILLLIAN MULVIHILL

ROSEMARY ANDERSON

FRANK LADONE

MARY JEPP

GEORGE MEANEY

MALCOLM MENZIES

GERALD LANDRY

EPIC POOL CORPORATION

SENATOR MALTESE
SIMONSON FUNERAL HOME
RICHMOND HILL HISTORICAL SOCIETY

FLAGS DONATED BY COUNCILMAN GALLAGHER & CONGRESSMAN MEEKS 
FROM THE QUEENS LIBRARY: JIMMY VAN BRAMER AND ROZ RUBINSTEIN 
SUSAN WETJEN {RICHMOND HILL BRANCH).

BART HAGGERTY AND THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CHORUS OF QUEENS
ROTC OF FRANKLIN K. LANE HIGH SCHOOL & CAPTAIN DUARTE
AMERICAN LEGIONS OF QUEENS
DETECTIVE RUDY TOOLAS-PRASHAD
OF THE 102ND POLICE PRECINCT
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
MATERIAL FOR THE ARTS
COMMUNITY BOARD 9
NYPD AND DEPUTY OFFICER GARY SCIRICA
NYC DEPT. OF PARKS RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION
NYC DEPT. OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
MUSEUM OF SOUND RECORDING - DAN GAYDOS
BANNER DONATED BY BARTER SIGNS
GIRIL SCOUTS OF AMERICA
BANGERT'S FLORIST
KEY FOOD - REFRESHMENTS
PARKSIDE REALTY (BALLOONS)



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