Although the weather was dreary, the Post Volunteer Fire Department didn’t let that stop them from debuting their newest addition to the fire station on Monday, May 11.
The shiny, new flagpole was put to work in a Flag Raising Ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. which, despite being erected almost three weeks ago, had been put off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The flagpole, with curbing done by Bo Jackson, features a pattern of bricks around the base, all of which come from the original bricking of Downtown Post.
If that doesn’t make the bricks special enough, Fire Chief Jimmy Valdez says the bricks will soon be engraved with the names of past and present volunteer firemen.
“There will be about 75 to 80 names that go on the bricks,” Valdez said. “Twenty of those will represent our current firemen.”
In fact, Valdez says that the flagpole doubles as an effort to keep his newest recruits driven.
“We got a fresh group of guys,” Valdez said gesturing to his team. “We’re trying to keep them pumped up by doing things like this.
Besides the firemen, local veterans also attended the flag ceremony, helping raise the flags with pledge and prayer.
As a matter of fact, Veteran J. W. Jolly, along with the help of two Camp Post Boy Scouts, was responsible for hoisting the colors.
Valdez believes the introduction of a flagpole to the firehouse is long overdue, saying the fire department has needed a flagpole for quite some time.
“We are just trying to make things a little different,” Valdez said. “I think we needed one.”
The Post Volunteer Fire Department thanks all who attended the ceremony.