If anyone has passed by the town office in Manchester recently on Route 17, they may have noticed a new United States flag flying proudly on the green space between the office and the elementary school.

This flag, a living symbol of our country and its people, and flag pole were donated by the family of resident Scott Lyon, and the town is grateful for this contribution. While the green space itself was a bit controversial, no one can argue with this new symbol of our great country flying proudly in the center of our town.

Having attended Boys State, an American Legion program for high school juniors, many years ago now, and serving as an active selectman in Manchester for the past eight years, I am also personally thankful for such a contribution. The flag means much to me given my family history, and I know it means much to everyone with the many veterans and veteran’s families that live and continue to serve in our community. Even if not associated with a veteran, the flag is an American symbol of participation and involvement in civic affairs, and the Lyon’s gift is truly indicative of this symbol.

The town of Manchester is truly thankful for our new pole and flag, and we look forward to saluting it each and every time we pass by those broad stripes and bright stars.

Jeremy Pare

Chairman, Board of Selectmen

Manchester