Chapter 103 Receives Governor’s Support for Watchfire

Chapter 103's annual watchfire

In mid-May, NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Chapter 103 will receive unserviceable flags collected from the Office of General Services to be properly disposed as part of the chapter’s Annual Memorial Day Watchfire in Syracuse, NY.

Gov. Cuomo encouraged New York residents and businesses to drop off tattered, worn or faded American flags at various locations throughout the state. He recognizes that Chapter 103’s disposal process treats the unserviceable American flags with respect and honor, including proper folding before disposal.

The Watchfire has other significant symbolism. There’s a military tradition that following a battle or long march, a large fire would be started so those missing or lost could locate and rejoin their comrades. Using that time honored model symbolically during Memorial Day weekend, Chapter 103 will use the warmth and light of the annual Watchfire to guide everyone in the community to join in reflection of those service men and women who have gone before us and made our nation strong through their service and sacrifice.

Many other community organizations contributes to this annual event’s success including the Carpenters Union, the Solvay and Taunton Fire Departments, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, the Mobile Vet Center, and a plethora of musicians, honor guards, security and other supporters.

The Watchfire will be on Sunday, May 28th, 2017 and is a rain or shine event at the New York State Fairgrounds. More information can be found on their website:

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