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Unfolding the flag to place on the pole are, from left, Boy Scouts Keenan Sanders, Josiah Handy and Conrad Flanders.

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From left, St. Johnsville Masons Derik Flanders, John Case, Jack Lull, Philip Brown, Carlie Rider, David Mosher, Carlton Scutt, Keith Veitch, and James Liddle standing behind William Farber.

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Morris J. Edwards American Legion Honor Guard members, from left, Walt Brown, Anthony Susi, Alan Weaver and Roy Thomson.


Scout erects flag pole as part of Eagle service project

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - Updated: 5:12 PM

Special to the C-S-E


ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The St. Johnsville Masonic Lodge has long felt the need to have a flag pole in front of the building to fly the American flag.

On Saturday, June 28, at 9 a.m., that flag pole became a reality thanks to the efforts of Boy Scout Conrad Flanders. Conrad is a Life Scout, and among the many requirements to become an Eagle Scout, he needed to perform an assignment that required him, to plan, develop, and give leadership to others as part of a service project.  

The project needed to benefit a local organization. Flanders chose to erect a flag pole for the St. Johnsville Masonic Lodge. He did all the fundraising, purchasing of equipment and then he supervised and assisted with the construction.

At 9 a.m., William Farber opened the ceremony and provided background to those in attendance. He then turned over the program to the Boy Scouts and American Legion Commander Anthony Susi.

Scouts Conrad Flanders, Keenan Sanders and Josiah Handy then unfolded the flag and placed it on the flagpole halyard and readied it for raising. Commander Susi gave the command “Present Arms”, at which time all present saluted the flag.  As the American Legion Bugler, Roy Thomson played “To The Colors”. Flanders began raising the American Flag and timed it so that the flag reached the top as the bugle hit the last note.

Once the flag had been officially raised, Commander Susi gave the command, “Order Arms.” 

At the conclusion of the ceremony, William Farber provided closing remarks and invited all in attendance inside the lodge for refreshments.

In attendance were several members of the Masonic Lodge: William Farber, Derik Flanders, John Case, Jack Lull, Philip Brown, Carlie Rider, David Mosher, Carlton Scutt, Keith Veitch, Jimmy Liddle and Don Chaffin.

The Morris J. Edwards American Legion supplied a contingency of Honor Guard, which consisted of Susi, Walt Brown, Alan Weaver and Roy Thomson.

Many members of the St. Johnsville community were also in attendance.


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