CRANFORD, NJ- The Crane’s Ford chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the township committee with an award they received for preserving the World War I flagpole at Post Office Plaza at last night’s committee meeting.
According to Barbara Krause, DAR program chairman, the flagpole was erected in 1918 to honor the Cranford military that served in WWI. In 2003, the flagpole was removed from its post due to renovations.
Krause and others created the Cranford WWI Town Flagpole Restoration Committee in 2008 to restore and re-install the flagpole in Post Office Plaza, which they achieved through fundraising efforts. The committee was honored with the national DAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award in a ceremony on March 11 for “excellent volunteer work in historic preservation.”
“We are able to access various awards through our national organization,” Krause said. “Today, we are presenting the National Historic Preservation Recognition Award to the township.”
Krause and her fellow DAR member, Bonnie Cierkowski, presented the award to Mayor Thomas H. Hannen last night to be hung in the town municipal building, following a brief presentation of the flagpole's history.
“It’s fitting to present this now, because April 6 was the 100-year anniversary of America’s entry to WWI,” Krause said.
The current flag on the restored flagpole was originally flown in Iraq by U.S. Army troops. It arrived in Cranford just before the rededication ceremony for the flagpole in 2008, according to Krause. Cierkowski presented Mayor Hannen with a certificate for the flag, among other tokens including a watercolor of the flagpole, to be displayed with the award.
“Mrs. Krause, on behalf of the Cranford Township Committee, we accept these plaques and awards on your behalf,” Mayor Hannen said. “On behalf of the citizens of Cranford, we thank you and the committee for all the hard work that you did, not only putting the ceremony together, but the dedication that was expressed by those members of the committee to get the flagpole restored.”