Veterans Council adds new flagpoles to common

The Allied Veterans Council of Burlington recently erected five new flagpoles near the veterans monuments on the town common. The poles, which face an existing US flag, will be used to fly the flags of the five service branches of the military, according to Robert Hogan, the town’s director of veterans services, and a selectman. The installation of the flagpoles is part of a project by the Allied Veterans Council to create a small memorial park in that section of the common. Also as part of the project, the group is building a brick path connecting the site to the existing walkway at the common, and is installing new lights that will illuminate the flags at night. A brick patio with planters and a small brick wall is also being built behind the flagpoles, and bronze markers will be installed at their base to recognize donors and the names of those they would like to have remembered. The council, which comprises the town’s four veterans groups, is funding the project through private donations. The new service flags will be raised for the first time at a dedication ceremony for the memorial park on Oct. 12. Anyone who would like to contribute to the fund drive can contact Hogan at the town’s veterans services office.