West Orange, NJ -- The West Orange Fire Department will host their annual Flag Day celebration on Monday, June 14 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Fire Headquarters, 415 Valley Road in West Orange.

The much-anticipated ceremony, which was canceled last year due to COVID, will include members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #376 conducting a flag retirement. The public is asked to bring their unserviceable American flags to be included as part of the ceremony. This solemn event provides for proper disposal of faded, worn, or weather-beaten flags.

This year’s ceremony marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Glennon/Sayers VFW Post #376 in West Orange. The Post’s long-time Commander Ralph Panciello, who passed away earlier this year, was a driving force in helping West Orange achieve the proud distinction of becoming New Jersey’s Most Decorated Community.

“West Orange and our Downtown community are proud and honored to call ourselves the ‘Most Decorated Community in New Jersey’,” said Downtown West Orange Alliance’s Executive Director Megan Brill. “We are humbled to celebrate and remember significant dates and events in this way.”

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. The first national observance for Flag Day was held on June 14, 1877.

For more information regarding the annual Flag Day Celebration, please contact the West Orange Fire Headquarters at 973-325-4175.

For more information about the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA), visit https://www.downtownwo.com or call 973-325-4109.

About the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA)

The Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) is a nonprofit organization that manages the town’s Special Improvement District. The Downtown West Orange Alliance was formed in August 1998 through the ordinance that created the Special Improvement District. Recognizing the unique contributions by the residential, historic, and commercial properties that collectively form our “downtown,” the Township of West Orange created the Special Improvement District to encourage economic revitalization of the neighborhoods of Tory Corner, Eagle Rock, and St. Mark’s, and the Valley.


The Downtown West Orange Alliance has followed the Main Street Four-Point Approach™, which is a volunteer-driven, historic preservation-based, economic development program. A nationally successful model for revitalizing downtowns entirely dependent on grants, donations, and volunteer muscle, the  Main Street Approach™ stresses historic preservation as the underlying design principle for the revitalization effort. Main Street efforts nationwide aim to maximize the economic potential of each historic commercial district while preserving its authentic character. For West Orange, the volunteer-led teams are critical to the success of the program and involve stakeholders – residents, business owners, and property owners – in making decisions about the future of the Downtown.

 

More information about the DWOA can be found at https://www.downtownwo.com or call 973-325-4109.

 

About West Orange, NJ
An historic suburb less than 20 miles from Manhattan with lots of open space and old-fashioned charm, the Watchung Mountain ridges and Manhattan skyline are the backdrops for this Essex County enclave, where some 48,000 people live within its 12.5 square miles. The community boasts spectacular views of the South Mountain and Eagle Rock reservations, five-star golf courses, 12 beautiful public parks, four public tennis courts, an outdoor amphitheater, a dine-in multi-screen movie theater, a state-of-the-art public pool and recreation center, a waterfront recreation complex, a zoo and a skating arena.

 

For more information about West Orange, NJ, visit https://www.westorange.org/ or call 973-325-4100.