WESTON – This year’s Weston Memorial Day celebration may have a new sight.
With the help of various donors and the Sons of the American Legion Post 308, installation of a flag pole at the Weston City Park is underway.
The concrete base was installed on April 11.
“Our goal is to have it done by Memorial Day,” said Kurt Maly, commander of the Sons of American Legion in Weston.
The flag will not only fly during the annual tribute to the fallen, but is a way to honor longtime Weston American Legion member Raynold Woita, who passed away last June.
Woita’s son, Jim Woita, said after his father passed away the family began considering a good project to donate his memorials to in his honor.
“My dad was a longtime member (of the Weston American Legion). This is a good way to remember him by,” said Jim Woita, who serves as the Sons of the American Legion sergeant of arms.
Raynold Woita served as the group’s commander and sergeant of arms.
“He had to round up all the guys and get them set up to go to the funeral and pay tribute to the fallen,” Jim Woita said.
The S.A.L. group also received support from Eugene Kremlacek, who donated the flag pole.
Maly said the Sons of the American Legion in Weston is a fast-growing group.
Since organizing four years ago, the organization has about 60 members.
Jim Woita said the majority of its members has a grandfather or father that is a veteran.
“The main reason we started is for support,” he said. “We’re just trying to keep that tradition going.”