The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

The Valley

April 18, 2013

Donations accepted for Orchard Hills flag pole

SHAMOKIN DAM — The American flag will soon fly again atop Orchard Hills Cemetery as owner Cindy Romig prepares to replace the 70-foot flag pole that crashed down during a severe storm last August.

About $2,500 in donations has poured in from people all over the area who have encouraged Romig to restore the highly visible flag pole that stood in the veterans section of the cemetery for more than two decades before it snapped off its base during the late summer storm.

“It’s incredible how many people have said they want to see it back, but man, it costs money,” she said of the $13,000 price tag.

Romig has ordered the new pole, which will be erected in time for a dedication ceremony with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion of Selinsgrove on May 18, which is Armed Forces Day.

She’s spending the money to honor the veterans, including her late father, Glenn Troutman, who used to mow the lawn at the cemetery and was laid to rest there.

“He always told me how special that flag was,” Romig said, adding the overwhelming public response to resurrecting the flag “makes me teary.” Her mother, Janet Troutman, said they’ve received many calls since the storm from people wondering what happened to it.

Donations began trickling in soon afterward, including one woman who gave $500 toward the new pole.

“Her late husband was a veteran, and it’s sentimental to her,” Troutman said.

Romig said she’d like to raise enough money to purchase extra flags to fly on the tall pole. Due to strong winds, she’s had to replace them twice a year at a cost of about $1,500.

Donations for the new flag pole may be made to “Keep the Flag Flying Fund” under the nonprofit Magical Nights Foundation at Orchard Hills Cemetery, P.O. Box 183, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876.

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