A non-profit entity, veterans groups and a local business teamed up to install the flagpole at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in March, and now the public has the opportunity to attend its dedication.
The event is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30 outside St. Rose, and everyone is invited.
“The United States flag has flown at Central Kansas Medical Center, now St. Rose, for almost 50 years,” said Mark Mingenback, St. Rose director of business strategy and marketing. “We believe it is important to acknowledge and dedicate the flag, which represents all the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”
The 30-foot aluminum pole was made possible through donations from the St. Rose Foundation, American Legion Post 180 and its Auxiliary, American Legion Riders from Post 180, Sons of the American Legion and Eldridge Fencing.
Mingenback anticipates members of those groups will attend the dedication, along with Boy Scout Troup 184. The Scouts will participate in the ceremony by presenting the colors.
Father Reggie Urban will lead the group in a prayer.
The original American Legion plaque from 1964 has been cleaned and polished, and re-used at the base of the new flagpole.
“St. Rose wanted to acknowledge the strong support we have received from the American Legion for many years,” Mingenback commented. “The Legion’s commitment to St. Rose and the community has been invaluable.”