Over 200 flags to fly in Cassadaga this year

Submitted Photo Shown in the photograph are Bruce Kaus, Ron Gross and Steve Pangborn attaching flags to the poles.

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 has a special program of flying the American Flag throughout the village of Cassadaga. This year, 206 new American flags will be on display throughout the village, with a name tag along with the flag. Many of the flags are there in memory of a loved one.

Recently, 11 members of the Legion met on an early morning to prepare the flags for the display. Each flag has its own pole, and will be hung with the help of students from the Cassadaga Job Corps. Bruce Kaus, Ron Gross and Steve Pangborn recently gathered to attach flags to the poles. Kaus said, “Attach the top of the flag first, stretch it so that it is tight and then the bottom hook is movable to attach the bottom of the flag, and then tighten everything.”

The process was an assembly-line work, with some attaching the flags, and some rolling up the flags ready to be put on the truck.

The Cassadaga American Legion hall is located on Maple Avenue in the village, and serves as a community place. The Legion honor guard, along with many others, will travel to 12 local cemeteries on Memorial Day Monday beginning at 6:45 a.m. for a tribute ceremony. Then, the members of the Legion will march in the annual Memorial Day parade.