News from Putnam County Executive’s Office on the inauguration of the “Row of Honor:”
Public officials, veterans and onlookers gathered along the grassy shores of Lake Gleneida today to attend the official opening of the Row of Honor, a colorful stretch of 100 red, white and blue American flags that line Gleneida Avenue in downtown Carmel. The Row of Honor is a fundraising collaboration of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council, Putnam Tourism and Putnam County government to help raise money for various veteran’s projects.
In his opening remarks, Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker recalled his family’s history in America’s wars dating as far back as the Civil War. He reminded those in attendance that from the very earliest days of America’s history, people have paid the ultimate price to protect their country’s freedom.
“It has been said quite often but it is worth repeating here: Freedom is not free,” Walker said.
Joint Veterans Council member and Vietnam War veteran Denis Castelli led the Pledge of Allegiance. Putnam County Undersheriff Peter Convery offered a prayer of remembrance for all who have fallen in service to their county. Veteran Art Hanley from the Office of Veterans Affairs spoke of the importance of honoring Memorial Day.
“As a veteran myself, I can accept a veteran not wanting to participate in Veteran’s Day events. After all, that is about us. But veterans must never fail to pay their respects on Memorial Day and honor those who gave their lives for their country,” he said.
Along with the 100 American-made flags, there are flags representing each branch of the American Armed Forces as well as the Army and Air National Guard, and Fraternal Order of Police.
Sponsorships for some flags are still available and can be reserved by contacting the Putnam County Office for Veterans Affairs at (845) 808-1620.