WILMINGTON, MA — Last week, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously accepted the donation of a flag pole to be installed in front of Silver Lake.
The flag pole is a gift from Rapiscan Systems, a company that specializes in walk-through metal detectors and x-ray machines at airports. Rapiscan Systems, formerly located at 205 Lowell Street in Wilmington, outgrew its space and is now situated in Andover.
“I’m a longtime fan of the Veterans Services Department in Wilmington,” Marcy Morse, head of Rapiscan System’s Event Committee and a Wilmington resident, told the Selectmen. “We’ve done many programs for [Veterans Director] Lou Cimaglia and the veterans… In 2011, we installed a flag pole at Ellen Coleman’s residence in town… She has a severely handicapped child whose dream was to raise a flag to honor his father serving in Iraq.”
The flag pole will be installed on the Route 38 side of the lake where there’s currently three memorial stones, near the Silver Lake sign.
The pole, built by Bob’s Flagpole Company in Virginia, will include solar lighting at top, eliminating any lighting responsibility for the town’s DPW.
Selectmen thanked Morse, herself an air force veteran, for her and her company’s generosity.
“As a wife of a veteran, and the daughter and daughter-in-law of veterans, I’m so proud of the town we live in, the people we have that support our veterans, and the patriotism of our town,” Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony told Morse.
Morse thanked several town officials for their cooperation, including Town Manager Jeff Hull, Planning & Conservation Director Valerie Gingrich, Veterans Agent Michael Frotten, and Cimaglia, who was at home recovering from a knee replacement.
Selectmen agreed to send a letter of thanks to Rapiscan Systems.
A short ceremony will held to recognize the pole’s installation. The ceremony will likely take place on the Saturday following 9/11.
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