Honor A Veteran
CLIFTON, NJ – Spring is here so that means the Avenue of Flags is being prepared for Memorial Day. John Biegel and Bill VanEck check the hole plugs to be sure they have not been damaged during the winter and repaint those in need of a new coat of paint. Five times a year volunteers raise 1722 flags throughout the grounds of the Clifton Municipal Complex. It is a sight to take your breath away as they billow in the breeze.
Citizens can honor a veteran by purchasing a flag for his or her birthday, or any special occasion. This is a wonderful tribute for their service. Cost of $110.00 is for the flag, pole, sleeve, name plate and ground socket.
If you do not have someone to honor, but would like to support the Avenue of Flags, a campaign is in place to honor all the KIA listed on the monument in Main Memorial Park with a flag. Since the families of these heroes have passed on, there isn’t anyone to honor them with this tribute. It is the hope of the Avenue of Flags committee that generous citizens will purchase a flag in their memory. To honor someone, a form must be completed and returned to City Hall. Visit www.cliftonnj.org click on LINKS and then click on Avenue of Flags. All the needed information is on the site and the form can be downloaded as well.
Flags are displayed on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day (9/11) and Veterans Day. They can always use extra hands to raise and lower the 1722 flags. If interested in volunteering, please call John Biegel Jr. at 973-519-0858. Come join them and we guarantee you will get an overwhelmingly good feeling for being a part of honoring those who served our country. Their next raising is Monday, May 30, 2016 at 6 AM and lowering at 7:00 PM.
Volunteers are also needed to do the behind-the-scene preparation work that gives us this beautiful display. The beautiful display would not be possible without the upkeep of the flags, poles, caps, trolley carts . If you can spare some time to help in this area, please contact Mr. Biegel at 973-519-0858.