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John Street flag in Utica gets long-overdue facelift
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As Flag Day was recognized in the City of Utica, officials announced a renovation to a very prominent flag at a busy intersection.
Mayor Robert Palmieri said the John Street Median flag has been long overdue for re-painting and the process is already underway. Flowers have been donated by the city and will be planted at the site by volunteers from Utica Post 229.
However, the painting of the metal flag is being spear headed by two local veterans - Marron McLeod and Ed Jackson. It was actually McLeod who originally brought the renovation project to the attention of the city.
"It happened to be one day last year, I was driving by and was stopped right here at the light and I happened to notice the flag and noticed it was in deplorable condition," McLeod said.
So, he brought up the idea of re-painting it and renovating the site at an Oneida County Legion meeting, and from there approached the city about the project.
Painting began on June 13 and was estimated to be complete by the end of the week. This will be the first time the flag has been painted since being erected during Mayor Ed Hanna's administration.
"I think it's important because, as a veteran, we served under this particular flag," McLeod said. "And we don't want to see our flag in deplorable condition."