Flagpole in Riverdale restored by veteran couple, co-owners of Bronx's Tree Army
On Veterans Day, a flagpole, once forgotten about, has been restored and is now proudly displaying the American flag. A ceremony was held Thursday in Riverdale to hoist the flag once again.
Veterans Day happens once a year, but honoring those that serve our country is now on full display all the time in Riverdale. The community came together to say thank you and remind veterans their service doesn't go unappreciated.
Nicholas and Joelle Lynch, husband and wife and co-owners of Tree Army, put their time, money, and hearts into restoring the flagpole. They were raised in the Riverdale community and went on to serve our country with over 30 years of service in the army between the two of them. They say they didn't realize the flagpole existed until recently.
The flag flying high over Riverdale ensures that people now and for generations to come remember and honor veterans and the sacrifice they made for the country. But the history and the spot started long before today.
In the early 1950s, a bus driver named Scotty thought there should be an American flag to honor the veterans listed on the Riverdale memorial. The community came together and raised the money for the project. Years later, the flagpole was forgotten about. Now, it has been restored to its former glory.
As for the future, the Lynchs plan to continue to beautify the site and ensure the red white and blue waves in the wind each and every day.