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Emerald Oaks Residents Receive Generous Gift

August 31, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

It's a common place sight in the community - a flagpole reaching to the sky, with the red, white and blue of the American Flag fluttering in the breeze. But for residents at Emerald Oaks Assisted Living, a flagpole was something missing in their neighborhood.

"We had several of our residents who had mentioned how they would like to see a flagpole out in front of the complex," noted Betty Naig of Emerald Oaks. "The family of one of our residents, Jeanette Smith, heard about it and things began to happen."

Jackie and Rich Miller, the daughter and son-in-law of Jeanette Smith, did a little shopping and ordered a telescoping flagpole for Emerald Oaks as a gift.

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A?SALUTE TO?THE?COLORS - A new flagpole was installed at Emerald Oaks on Monday afternoon by Larry Herbers, left, and Allen Stangl, right. Emerald Oaks residents Jerry Soenen, second from left, and Donald Ludwig, second from right, joined in raising the U.S. and Iowa flags and rendered a salute to the colors. See more on Page two of this issue of The Democrat. -- Dan Voigt photo

In order for the flag to be flown around the clock, a solar light fixture for the top of the flagpole was also acquired to illuminate the flag through the darkness of nighttime.

Upon learning of the flagpole project, Allen and Connie Stangl of Ayrshire donated an American Eagle fixture to place on top of the flagpole as a symbol of the freedoms that several residents at Emerald Oaks proudly fought for.

The flagpole and related light and topper all arrived late last week, and on Monday, Aug. 28, Allen Stangl and Larry Herbers came to Emerald Oaks and with help from Greg Moser and Emmetsburg Municipal Utilities, and located a perfect spot for the flagpole to be installed.

As the pole was assembled, several of the residents came out to the front of the complex to watch their flagpole being put in place. The base was prepared and concrete was poured to anchor the base of the pole.

With the assistance of Emerald Oaks residents Jerry Soenen and Donald Ludwig, both veterans, the American Flag and the Iowa Flag were attached to the flagpole and the pole was raised by Stangl and Herbers. When the pole was raised, all four men offered a salute to the colors as the flags rippled gently in the breeze. After offering the salute, Donald led his fellow residents in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to mark the flag raising.

"We are so thankful to the Miller family, and also to Allen and Connie Stangl and Larry Herbers for making this possible for our residents," Naig said. "This is something they've wanted for a long time and now they will be able to enjoy seeing our flag every day."



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