Congress Street Flags Rekindle Downtown Portland’s Patriotic Spirit

The City of Portland once had American flags lining Congress Street on holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4, and Veterans Day. What a patriotic sight! When urban renewal hit the City, brick sidewalks were redone, the flag sockets removed, and the flags disappeared.
 
In a partnership with the American Legion Post 17 and Portland’s Downtown District (PDD), flags are hung during these holidays on 51 light poles on Congress Street – from the Central Fire Station to Longfellow Square.
 
“We are very grateful to the following individuals and organizations that purchased these flags and made it possible for this project to be completed,” said Jan Beitzer, Executive Director of PDD. 


Harold Taylor Andrews, first Portlander to die in WWI from Harold T. Andrews Post #17 American Legion


Past State Commander Robert H. Bernard from Deering Memorial Post 6859, VFW

Past State Commander Chase M. Libby from Deering Memorial Post 6859, VFW

Past State Commander Thomas R. Lussier from Deering Memorial Post 6859, VFW

Past State Commander James M. Sawyer from Deering Memorial Post 6859, VFW

Past State Commander George A. Vokey from Deering Memorial Post 6859, VFW

Sargent Julia M. Brigman and Sargent Mickey E. Brigman from Jayne and Bruce Britting

Thomas S. Clayton, 5 generations of (who served in the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam) from Clayton and Company

In Memory of Egido (Ed) S. Costales Sr. from wife Jo and children Egidio Jr. and Paul

Rosario Dipaolo from Santa Fe Express

In Memory of Thomas S. Flaherty Sr. from wife Elaine and children: Tom Jr., Tim, Patty, Peter, Paul, Kathy and John

Tom Finley, Peaks Island MBI Security from J. R. Quigley Taxation Consultant

James L. Forbis Sr., 1st Class Petty Officer U.S. Navy from Michael E. Forbes

In honor of James Jollatta, Eric Chretien and Scott Caron from Oakhurst Dairy

Hyman Krigman, WWII Veteran from the Smoker’s Depot

Albert J. Landry from Mark and his family

James E. Landry from Mother Dorothy, Wife Diane, Brothers Joseph and Mark, Daughter Laura and Granddaughter Shyla

In Memory of John T. Manning from the new Miss Portland Diner, TOMAKS LLC

In Memory of Mary P. Manning from the new Miss Portland Diner, TOMAKS LLC

Duncan Matthew McKeough (Spanish War), James Patrick McKeough (World War II), Donald Joseph McKeoug ( World War II),  Lee Michael Karatsanos (World War II and Korean War),  Patrick Joseph Connolly ( World War II) from Deering Memorial VFW Auxiliary 6859

Clyde V. Mosley, U.S. Navy (Korean War) from Ann Mosley

In Memory of Paul Mallia from Paul Mallia American Legion Post 16

Russell G. Percival, Can Maker and Vietnam Veteran from Karen M. Percival

In honor of the generations of Sawyers who served both their country and the city of Portland from the Revolutionary to Koren war from The Sawyer Family

Philip White, Sr. from Cathleen

In Memory of Charles J. Loring from Charles J. Loring Jr. Amvets Post 25

Loring Amvets from Charles J. Loring Jr. Amvets Post 25

Loring Auxiliary from Charles J. Loring Jr. Amvets Post 25

Loring S.O.A. from Charles J. Loring Jr. Amvets Post 25

Deceased Members of the Loring Post from Charles J. Loring Jr. Amvets Post 25

Departed Legionnaires, Post 17 from Harold T. Andrews Post 17 American Legion

Departed Ladies Auxiliary member, Unit 17 from Harold T. Andrews Post 17 American Legion

Current Legionnaires of Post 17 from Harold T. Andrews Post 17 American Legion

Current Auxiliary Member of Unit 17 from Harold T. Andrews Post 17 American Legion

Portland Elks Lodge 188 from Portland Elks Lodge 188

Dedicated to the soldiers of the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion and in memory of those who died in service to our country from Headquarters Support Co, 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion

Donated by the officers and men of USS Maine Base To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who sacrificed their lives serving our country
 

Departed Auxiliary Sisters from Deering Memorial WFW Auxiliary 6859

For all the men and women who have served to protect our great country from H & O Eliason Dental Lab

Tribute to our country from Jones Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home

To the sons and daughters of Maine who have served their country in way and at peace in every generation from U.S. Army, Portland Recruiting Company

To celebrate the best of who we as Americans are and can be! from Coffee By Design
Forever from John Witham

To All Veterans from Michael Kane

In honor of those who have served our country, whether in the military or as volunteers in their community

Dedicated to the new Miss Portland Diner from TOMAKS LLC

The following generously donated flags with out specific dedication:
BRC Inc.
James Costello
Eastland Park Hotel
Hannaford on Forest Avenue
Hutchins Public Relations
Old Port Candy Co.
Springers Jewelers
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