The flagpole in front of the Lockwood- Mathews Mansion Museum in Mathews Park was rededicated Sunday in honor of FlagDay. Because of rust and neglect, the flagpole stood unused for nearly 40 years prior to Sunday, according to Lockwood-Mathews trustee and local Exchange Club member Andy Garfunkel.
'Today we will raise the flag for the first time in many decades,' Garfunkel said. For Sunday, the Exchange Club paid to have the flagpole restored, and a flag-raising ceremony was performed by Norwalk Boy Scout Troop 19. State Rep. Jim Himes, State Sen. Bob Duff and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling were among the speakers at the ceremony.
'Flag day is important because it's the birthday of America's most revered icon,' Duff said in his address.
According to Bill Solder, president-elect of Connecticut District Exchange, Garfunkel proposed the flagpole be restored during an Exchange Club meeting.
Solder thought it was such a good idea that he decided to lend a hand for the restoration process.
'Two hands, actually,' Solder joked. 'One holding a brush, and one holding a roller.' Solder said he enlisted childhood friend Paul Juchniewich, owner of Allison Tree Service, to help with the project. 'I said, 'Hey, Paulie, lemme borrow your bucket truck,' Solder said. Juchniewich consented.
Solder sanded, primed and painted the pole, added 150 feet of new line and replaced the pulleys. The entire job took about an hour and a half, Solder said.