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Decades-Old Flag March Again Journeys to High-Flying Campus Landmark


Friday’s 30th annual God, Country and Community Flag March – a rain-or-shine event in which the latter brightly prevailed – traveled from downtown Williamsport to the 1,800-square-foot “Stars and Stripes” that flies above Penn College’s main entrance. Waving, wearing and celebrating Old Glory, participants clapped along with patriotic music, saluted active-duty and veteran servicemen and women, listened to community leaders, and joined in a Flag Day recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance designated nationally for 7 p.m. sharp. Awards were presented in a number of categories by Anthony DiSalvo, who has organized the flag march throughout its three-decade history, and the crowd enjoyed ice cream sandwiches on a picture-perfect weekend evening.

– Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer

The Flag Day "guest of honor" is billowed by the breeze.
The Flag Day “guest of honor” is billowed by the breeze.

Tireless organizer Anthony DiSalvo takes to the podium, joined by state Rep. Rick Mirabito.
Tireless organizer Anthony DiSalvo takes to the podium, joined by state Rep. Rick Mirabito.

A star-spangled biker
A star-spangled biker

A veteran holds high the symbol of his service.
A veteran holds high the symbol of his service.

A spirited wave
A spirited wave

Thirteen folds into a tight triangle: Military personnel crisply demonstrate the proper way to fold the flag.
Thirteen folds into a tight triangle: Military personnel crisply demonstrate the proper way to fold the flag.

Four-legged friends were welcome, too.
Four-legged friends were welcome, too.

Scout troops were in abundance.
Scout troops were in abundance.

Marchers look to the high-flying icon overhead.
Marchers look to the high-flying icon overhead.

Flower beds along Hagan Way add a tad more color to the night's red, white and blue.
Flower beds along Hagan Way add a tad more color to the night’s red, white and blue.

A face of America's future
A face of America’s future

The Repasz Band, the oldest continuous nonmilitary band in the country, performs outside the SASC.
The Repasz Band, the oldest continuous nonmilitary band in the country, performs outside the SASC.

Spreading the Boy Scout motto, "Be prepared," to a parade-goer
Spreading the Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared,” to a parade-goer

Anthony DiSalvo and "Snuffy," the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Co.'s safety mascot
Anthony DiSalvo and “Snuffy,” the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Co.’s safety mascot

Adorned for the occasion
Adorned for the occasion

A civic duty, well-performed
A civic duty, well-performed

Marchers gather on the lawn near the campus entrance off Maynard Street.
Marchers gather on the lawn near the campus entrance off Maynard Street.

The color guard arrives
The color guard arrives

A proud participant
A proud participant

A sun-kissed crowd spills onto Hagan Way.
A sun-kissed crowd spills onto Hagan Way.

At the end of a long march, a Cub Scout savors his reward.
At the end of a long march, a Cub Scout savors his reward.

A focus on the flag
A focus on the flag

"United We Stand," a framed photo montage by Fred Gilmour, "alongside" its inspiration
“United We Stand,” a framed photo montage by Fred Gilmour, “alongside” its inspiration

A finger-food treat
A finger-food treat

Bedecked and beaded, a parade participant intently follows the proceedings.
Bedecked and beaded, a parade participant intently follows the proceedings.

The view from above
The view from above

A multigenerational celebration
A multigenerational celebration

Horns a-plenty
Horns a-plenty

Tightly grasping the situation, a youngster assesses events from ground level.
Tightly grasping the situation, a youngster assesses events from ground level.

Anthony DiSalvo (seated) consults with master of ceremonies William Carlucci, president of the Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America.
Anthony DiSalvo (seated) consults with master of ceremonies William Carlucci, president of the Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America.

Among the spectators is DiSalvo's sister, Marguerite Wollet (right).
Among the spectators is DiSalvo’s sister, Marguerite Wollet (right).

As part of his own "Tony Awards," DiSalvo announces the evening's winners in various categories.
As part of his own “Tony Awards,” DiSalvo announces the evening’s winners in various categories.

A trophy and ice cream compete for a girl's attention.
A trophy and ice cream compete for a girl’s attention.

Enjoying a traditional treat
Enjoying a traditional treat

A colorful display of patriotism
A colorful display of patriotism

Late-evening sunshine makes one more splash as twilight nears.
Late-evening sunshine makes one more splash as twilight nears.

Hands over heart, the crowds joins a nationwide "Pledge."
Hands over heart, the crowds joins a nationwide “Pledge.”

Perched atop a 120-foot pole, the community flag at the Penn College entrance is visible from a number of local vantage points.
Perched atop a 120-foot pole, the community flag at the Penn College entrance is visible from a number of local vantage points.

The calm before the throng
The calm before the throng

Mementos, "a la cart."
Mementos, “a la cart.”

 

 

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