Flag Raising – Fleet Admiral King

June 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm 2 comments

photo E. L. Ritchey

Others have covered ( with video) the ceremony on Saturday and their posts are listed :

Mark Teleha (Lorain County Photographers Blog) – photos and videos
The Morning Journal
(text and videos)

Daniel Brady


However, from my perspective as I stood to the side – I saw all the people in the crowd those that made this possible- from the donors – those that helped smooth the way – in some cases literally by laying the walkway-those that photograph and keep the record and publicize. .

Lorain Fire Dept – TAPS- and Flag unfurl Photos Tracy Isenberg

The people who always say yes and always have the ideas….Black River Historical Society who continue caring -not just about history but about Lorain and also her present and future-

Frank Sipkovsky – who not only cared for the flag pole from the old American Ship , but painted and refurbished the same. In fact in the very beginning of choosing the site we had him “be the flag pole” 🙂

Renee Dore– who has a vision and a pride for her neighborhood and is Charleston Village’s Port Side Chairperson. Renee’s excitement is infectious .

Gary Fischer– a man of many hats 😉 who ALWAYS comes through for us- his love of his city is apparent -his designs are there from the Charleston Pioneer Cemetery,(Lorain County Beautiful Award 2007)

Settlers’ Watch – Lorain County Beautiful Award 2010

Photo Mark Telela

and now the Fleet Admiral King Tribute Project.

A tribute that started on my living room floor with Renee saying

we should at least have a flag pole to honor Admiral King in his neighborhood

and so it began……….

As I watched the respect shown to a man, an ideal , a country and her flag on that windy Saturday – you couldn’t help but feel pride and a sense of community.

photo- P. Tobias

As Gary Fischer ( also our MC) introduced his father – who was a serving member under Admiral King and the choking in his voice , the men in uniform that have given and those that continue to give I was glad the wind ( although cold off the lake) was making her presence known- she lifted aloft not only the flags but also the words, emotions and thanks to the heavens.

Everyone will be officially thanked at the formal dedication of the site in September but Frank, Gary and Renee thanks for saying YES!

Photos- Rich Robbin from the Black River Bicentennial Celebration 2007 and they still say YES!!!

Frank Sipkovsky

Renee Dore

Andrea and Gary Fischer

Entry filed under: Brit take, Charleston Village, city of lorain, Kudos, Lorain's Magical History Tour, men of substance. Tags: , .

Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King- Tribute Flag raising Fleet Admiral King – continued

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  • 1. Renee Dore  |  June 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks to everyone who have helped make this project happen. It has been a project that has moved along in a quicker fashion than most and that shows the community interest to continue to honor Admiral King and his birthplace location. Without a team effort it could never happen. Can’t wait to forward the progression of the site to his family members and to other associations connected to his legacy. The site looks great already -from many different location nearby!! thanks again, Renee

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