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VFW donates 50 American flags

Photo/SHELLEY HANSON Holding one of the 50 new American flags donated to the village of Bellaire by the Bellaire VFW are, from left, Village Administrator Mike Wallace, VFW Commander Tom Cottello and Councilwoman Nikki Liberatore.

BELLAIRE — The Bellaire American Legion recently donated 50 new American flags for use on the village’s utility poles in the downtown.

Village Councilwoman Nikki Liberatore said the flags will be hung on the poles during holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. She said the village is grateful for the donation, as the existing flags were very worn.

“Unfortunately, our older flags have worn out over time. I reached out to (VFW Commander Tom Cottello) and the VFW for support and they graciously agreed to help us. Bellaire VFW has been extremely generous over the years, not only with the village, but with events for the children as well as scholarships. They have been more than willing to help local communities in times of need,” Liberatore said.

She noted it is important for the village to show support for its veterans by flying the American flag.

“The village supports our country and our veterans, just like the VFW. Flying our flag has a way of rallying and uniting its citizens, and that’s important to everybody. It’s now even more important with everything that is going on in the world. This donation couldn’t come at a better time,” she said.

Liberatore said the VFW’s donation also saved the village money by purchasing the flags.

“Being that the village is fiscally challenged, any donation helps. Thankfully, the VFW stepped up to the plate; they always do. With that being said, we still may need a few more donations in order to have all the light poles covered. If any individual or business would like to do that, please call the city building,” she added.

The flags were recently presented to Liberatore and Village Administrator Mike Wallace by Cottello.

“On behalf of the Village Council and Mayor’s Office, we want to thank the Bellaire VFW Post 626 for the generosity.”

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