In late September Union Fire Department was honored with a selfless donation from local Union resident Nancy Cadarian. Nancy Cadarian donated the American Flag that she was presented when her Veteran fiance, Thomas Heron passed away in 2004. Nancy has asked that the Union Fire Department fly the flag to honor Thomas. We had a ceremony that included the members and trustees of the Union Fire Department, along with Nancy’s family and friends. It was an emotional and solemn event. Thank you, Nancy; we are grateful, as should be the residents of the Village of Union for your kindness.

This donation represented much more to me, and I wanted to speak up about what has been happening with the controversy about the American Flag. As a Veteran and having an interest in history, I have complete respect for the American Flag. I encourage you to search for stories behind the flag, really understand the sacrifices of so many people, for that symbol - really truly understand the history of the American Flag. Every person at our ceremony respected the Flag - nobody knelt, nobody shook their fist, everybody respected the memory of Veteran Thomas Heron and Nancy. Everyone acted as a true patriotic respectful citizen of the United States of America.

At our Fire Department meetings - we say the Pledge of Allegiance. At the Lion’s Club meetings, we start each meeting with come to order, everyone stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. You STAND, and you face the American Flag. Every government meeting needs to start with, come to order, please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Starting every meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance should not be optional - it simply needs to be done - Always. Perhaps many people just forgot the words - so here they are - I would suggest that you say this proudly: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”

 At our last Fireman’s Association meeting we discussed installing a heavier duty flag pole. The members of the Union Fire Department will be volunteering their time and money to purchase and install this pole. Our next few fund raisers will be focused on this project, as we all felt that it needs to be done. If anyone would like to donate to this cause, please contact me.

The Union Fire Dept will be helping at the Fifth Annual ‘Igg’s, Clasens’’ Turkey Testicle Festival, which will be Wednesday, Nov 22rd from 4 to 11 PM at Clasen’s, in Union. There will be bands, festivities, and as always, a great time! There is a nominal cover, and this is a 21 and older event. Come out and have a great time before Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

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