Media Advisory: “Stars, Stripes and Community Spirit”

\"logo_crime_Watch.gif\"What: Flag Raising
When: Thursday, August 10th, 5:00 PM
Where: Intersection of South Huntington and Center Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
Who: Members of the Boston Police Department, Representatives of the E-13 District Police, Sgt. Michael O’Connor, and Neighborhood Crime Watch Coordinator, Joseph Porcelli; Lesley Delaney-Hawkins representing the Mayor’s Office; Owners of the Alchemist Restaurant Lyndon Fuller and Relena Erskine; and Jamaica Plain residents, Maryetta Dusourd and Michael Reiskind.
In late July, Lyndon Fuller, one of the new owners of the Alchemist Lounge, was complimenting Maryetta Dusourd, a resident who lives across street, on how nice the new garden looked that Maryetta had planted at the base of the flag pole. This flag serves as a memorial to William E. Canary, who lost his life in action during WWI in St. Mihiel France on September 12,1918. Maryetta told Lydon that she hoped to have the deteriorated flag replaced with a new flag. Maryetta said, “My mother was an Irish immigrant who loved the country. She told me as a child the greatest thing to keep in mind is what the flag means to immigrants. It means, hope, loyalty and service together. Seeing the flag in this shape makes me feel like we are not honoring those who have given their lives.”
A few days later, Lyndon told Joseph Porcelli, BPD Neighborhood Crime Watch coordinator, and a resident of Jamaica Plain, about his conversation with Maryetta. Joseph brought this matter to the attention of BPD Sgt. Michael O’Connor, who quickly secured a replacement flag.
The media is invited to view this shining example of community spirit as JP residents, business owners, the Neighborhood Crime Watch unit and other members of the Boston Police come together as neighbors, friends, and proud Americans.
Joseph Porcelli
Civilian Community Service Officer
Neighborhood Crime Watch Unit
Boston Police Department
Office: 617-343-4779

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