- Local Guide
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Friday at Gobblerâs Knob, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson and state Rep. Sam Smith previewed new national and state flags to be presented at a dedication to local veterans Nov. 7.
âI certainly wanted to support the local organizations as they prepare to do an outreach program for our veterans,â Smith said. âAny time we can support those efforts and recognize people who have served our country, itâs a worthwhile cause.â
Present were the organizers of the upcoming ceremony, and members of both the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 301.
The currently-flagless Gobblerâs Knob flagpole will be ârejuvenated,â said Ron Ploucha, exalted ruler of the Elks, before the ceremony.
âWeâre doing this for the veterans,â Elks Leading Knight Gene Roberts, chairman of the veteransâ committee, said. âWe want the veterans to feel honored.â
According to Ploucha, all local veterans are invited to the Gobblerâs Knob ceremony, set for noon Sunday, Nov. 7.
The Elks will serve a complementary lunch to attending veterans before the 1 p.m. flagpole dedication, at which the Jefferson County Veteransâ Honor Guard will present the colors and patriotic music will be played, Ploucha said.n A permanent memorial stone will be unveiled following the lunch.
Ploucha said that the Inner Circle will provide veterans residing in nursing homes within the Borough of Punxsutawney with bus transportaion aboard the âPhil-mobile.â
All veterans in attendance will additionally receive a small commemorative flag.
âThereâs a saying in the Elks Club,â Ploucha said. âAs long as there are veterans, they will never be forgotten.â