The stars and stripes rises for the first time at the brand new flagpole located outside the entrance to the new museum building. PHOTO: CRAIG MOORHEAD/SPRING GROVE HERALD
The stars and stripes rises for the first time at the brand new flagpole located outside the entrance to the new museum building. PHOTO: CRAIG MOORHEAD/SPRING GROVE HERALD
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Last Thursday, military honor guard members from all over Houston County congregated at the Houston County Historical Society’s new museum complex in Caledonia to dedicate a new flagpole that honors their comrades.
Society president Shirley Johnson said that her group planned to locate a flagpole honoring county vets near the entrance to the new museum building right from the start. The flagpole was actually set last fall, she added, but the nearby area still needed some attention before “old glory” could proudly fly.
Caledonia Eagle Scout Derek Vonderohe provided landscaping, and Eagle Scout Thomas Jergenson painted a nearby historic structure to make everything look shipshape prior to the ceremony.
“This flagpole is dedicated to the Houston County men and women who have served their country in the armed services in the past, present and future,” a commemorative plaque reads.
The project, including flagpole, lighting and plaque, was funded by various local veterans organizations. Those included the Houston County Council of the American Legion, Post 249 (Spring Grove), 191 (Caledonia), 423 (Houston), and 595 (La Crescent), and Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters 11542 (La Crescent) and 6801 (Brownsville) including the VFW 6801 Auxiliary.