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Knights of Columbus install, dedicate flagpole at Stritch
The flagpole, donated by the Diocese of Toledo, was removed from the former Holy Rosary Parish in East Toledo March 31, cleaned and refurbished, and a mounting base was fabricated.
Last fall, when the flagpole project was in the planning stages, the Knights discussed how they’d need to procure an American flag for the pole. Council Treasurer Dennis Adkins mentioned his son, PFC Jordan Adkins was serving in the Army in Quater with B-Troop 1-19 Cavalry. Pvt. Adkins agreed to take a flag with him when he returned to Quater after Thanksgiving and to fly it over the base, As Sayliyah. He then shipped it back to the Knights of Columbus in April.
On April 9, Knights members assembled the flagpole’s pulleys and ropes – in Stritch’s colors, red and black – and gave the flag, which arrived just the day before, a test run up the pole.
A ceremony was held April 26, during which the Knights dedicated the flagpole and flag in memory of Jacob Karamol, who a 21 years old, was killed in a hunting accident last December. Karamol, the son of the Stritch head custodian, was known for his dedication to helping whenever and wherever needed at Stritch, including helping his father maintain the athletic fields. A plaque installed at the base of the flagpole bears Karamol’s name and the remembrance, “Always there, willing to help others.”
“May this flagpole, flag and plaque forever honor and remember Jacob Karamol, who spent his time assisting and serving others at the school,” the Knights said in a proclamation. “May it also stand as a symbol of remembrance for all our veterans, Knights of Columbus members, Cardinal Stritch students, alumni, teachers, faculty and staff who have gone before us and those who come here in the future to celebrate and watch our beloved student athletes.”
The ceremony included veterans’ and Knights of Columbus color guards, a blessing, a flag-raising ceremony after which the flag was immediately lowered to half staff and the dedication ceremony, followed by a noon baseball game.
“Standing Strong in the Lord” is the theme for the celebration, which will include special services conducted by former pastors and sons of the congregation.
Dates include services featuring Pastor Jim Bohlmann, June 15; Pastor Derek Paetow, Aug. 10; Pastor Gordon Smith Oct. 12 and Jan. 11, 2015; Pastor Leo Deitemeyer, April 12 and Pastor Harold Avers, June 14. Each service will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a luncheon.
For more information, call Eugene Avers at 419-837-5865.