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New flag unfurled at Franklin County 9 11 Memorial


F&M Trust President & CEO Bill Snell (right) and G. Warren Elliott, F&M Trust board chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 Memorial committee, raise the new ”We Remember” 9/11 Flag at Franklin County’s 9/11 Memorial at Patriot’s Park near the Letterkenny Chapel. The bank’s contribution in 2011 to the project, spearheaded by The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area (UCCA) and the 9/11 Memorial Committee, was used for the installation of the flagpole.

 

(Chambersburg, PA) A new flag was recently raised at Franklin County’s 9/11 Memorial in Patriot’s Park near the Letterkenny Chapel.

William E. Snell, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer of F&M Trust, and G. Warren Elliott, F&M Trust board chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 Memorial committee, lowered the old 9/11 memorial “Never Forget” flag and replaced it with a new flag bearing the official 9/11 design emblazoned with “We Remember.” Joining Snell and Elliott at the ceremony were 9/11 Memorial Fund committee members Rev. William Harter and Paul Cullinane, Jr. The bank’s 2011 contribution to the fund-raisingcampaign, led by The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area (UCCA) and the 9/11 Memorial Committee, was used for the installation of the flagpole.

"'We remember' is the antithesis of 'never forget,'" said veteran Paul Cullinane, Jr.

The new flag design is the official New York state version, and replaces the original black design that is no longer in use.  The new flag was first raised on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in honor of the victims of September 11 and the first responders who came from all across the nation, including Franklin County.  The dark blue flag has 40 yellow stars signifying the fatalities on Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA.  The Pentagon is represented by its geometric shape. Inside are the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the date 9/11 centered on the two towers. "USA" and "NYS" are in the lower portion of the insignia. The symbols of the flag evoke what was lost on September 11 and what still endures.

The flagpole is located in Franklin County's 9/11 Memorial Park in Patriot's Park, which opened in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the attack.  The flag joins eight others at the park created to recognize Franklin County's veterans and first responders.

The focal point of Patriot's Park is a 9/11 Memorial sculpture by Michael Fisher, consisting of three steel beams salvaged from the World Trade Center arranged on a 10-foot square granite clad base to resemble the collapse of the buildings following the terrorist attacks. It symbolizes 'overcoming those who seek to tear down what God seeks to build up, including a society based on tolerance,'" according to Harter, who referred to F&M Trust as a 'catalyst in this project.'

The sculpture was unveiled on Armed Forces Day 2012.  The memorial is surrounded by a walkway lined with flags representing police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and 911 responders.  In addition, a walkway lined with flags from the five military services leads from the 9/11 Memorial to the future site of a veteran's memorial.  Cullinane explained that other elements will be added to Patriot's Park later this year.  At a ceremony remembering the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, which will be conducted at the Letterkenny Chapel on September 8th at 3:00 PM, a flag recognizing emergency medical services (EMS) is to be raised. Another flag display, honoring police, is also being planned.  Twenty-four engraved stones are to be installed this summer.

The worn 'Never Forget' 9/11 flag needed to be replaced and is out of production.  It will be on display in the bank's Hall of History at F&M Trust's Memorial Square Office throughout the remainder of the year.

F&M Trust is an independent community bank headquartered in Chambersburg with approximately $1 billion in assets. With twenty-five community-banking offices in Franklin, Cumberland, Fulton, and Huntington Counties, the bank has offices in Chambersburg, St. Thomas, Waynesboro, Mont Alto, Greencastle, Marion, Shippensburg, Newville, Carlisle, Camp Hill, Boiling Springs, McConnellsburg, Warfordsburg, Hustontown, and Orbisonia.

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