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Flag flying again over Veterans Memorial Bridge

Flag flying again over Veterans Memorial Bridge

A retired Lewiston firefighter, he did not want to be identified, secures the ropes holding up an American Flag next to the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Lewiston Wednesday morning. He flew a 4th Marine Division Flag for about an hour in honor of his uncle, a WWII veteran who received the Purple Heart after being wounded while fighting at Iwo Jima before replacing it with this one. Several years ago, he had erected several others along the sides of the bridge to inspire patriotism and honor members of the military, but they were eventually taken down after falling into disrepair after he was not able to tend to them following complications from surgery. That kept the now 77 year old from climbing the 50 foot high trees, but he is back in shape again, and used a metal pole this time instead of wood in hopes of it lasting longer. On top of the pole is a firefighters ax to honor firefighters.

bridgeflagRuss Dillingham