The flag site exits because of the vision and dedication of prior Committees with the generosity of the citizens of Somerset County, PA.
The current Committee is committed to the long-term maintenance of the flag site,
which is dedicated to all Somerset County veterans and to the flag pole which is dedicated to the Flight 93 heroes
If successful, our work will never be finished.

History     
 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1997 | 1998 |
 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 |

1993

The first flag raising by the Somerset County Flag Committee occurred on Flag Day, June 14, 1995. But the effort began much earlier.

The newspaper images that follow are from a notebook compiled by Dorothy E. (Schmucker) Saylor for her husband Stewart W. Saylor - both early supporters of the Committee. All of the articles in the Saylor notebook are from the Daily American and are used here with permission.

Additional pictures have been added from other members of the Committee.

The following article appeared in the Daily American, January 21, 1993.

Raising the needed funds continued for many months and received the support of many organizations, groups, companies and individuals.

April 5, 1993 the Kingwood Lodge 1010, IOOF; Kingwood Grange 1765 and Queen Victoria Rebekahs 575 donation efforts are pictured below.

April 15, 1993 the Last Man's Club of Berlin, World War II Veterans are pictured with their donation.

April 23, 1993 the Somerset/Cambria Sons of the American Revolution, Great Crossings Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Forbes Road DAR are pictured with another donation.

May 29, 1993 Deaner Funeral Homes donates money to purchase a stripe for the flag.

June 18, 1993 Somerset VFW Post 554 and auxiliary, Military Order of the Cooties and the Marine Corps League, Somerset present a donation.

June 30, 1993 the VIS Club in Somerset donate for the purchase of a star.

July 4, 1993 the new flag was unfurled and carried by Boy Scouts and volunteers during the 49th annual Friedens Fourth of July parade.

November 19, 1993 permanent site for flag will be near the Ramada.

November 26, 1993 groundbreaking

November 27, 1993 the Somerset County Homebuilders and Suppliers Association donate for a star.

1994

February 18, 1994the Fleetwood Folding Trailers employee's fund and the auxiliary to Somerset Aerie 1801, Fraternal Order of the Eagles each donate for a star.

March 2, 1994 donations are accepted from the Somerset Jaycees and the Somerset County Chapter 587 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Somerset American Legion Post 181.

May 14, 1994 Students in the Turkeyfoot Valley Area school district were the first Somerset County students to raise $500 for a star.

August 31, 1994 Agway donates to flag.

November 1, 1994 donation of $100 or more are accepted from Guy and Rozella Spoerlein, Dr. Henry and D. Aurora Cube, Ken Trent and Mary Irons.

June 2, 1994 flagpole arrives at site.

July 5, 1994 flag is unfurled at the Somerset football field during the All of Us Community Day.

Excavation articles from March and June 1995

November 21, 1994 Ice TRACS donates to the flag project

1995

June 1995 Flag dedication set for June 14.

June 14, 1995 A special day in Somerset.

June 16, 1995 Patriotism still at work

June 14, 1995 Flag up and flying as a new landmark

 
 

1997

August 1997 Flag committee honors Fleetwood and VFW Post 554


During a chance conversation, November 2012, the two Fleetwood employees responsible for the flag repairs were identified.
At Fleetwood, Shirley Albright was know as Betsy Ross and Gary Estnick as George Washington for their efforts
to repair many of the Committee's damaged flags. Our sincere thanks to these employees and also to Fleetwood's support.

1998

April 25, 1998 Somerset flag slated for Legion magazine

June 15, 1998 Somerset Flag Day observance

 

 

 

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Highlights

  • Plans formed by early 1993 for a 30 by 60 foot flag atop a 120 foot flagpole
  • Fund raising begins by seeking sponsors of $500 stars and $2,000 stripes
  • Project costs estimated to require at least $50,000
  • Phase one completed 1995
  • Phase two completed 1998
  • Phase three continues