The residents who live in the condominiums in the Landings at Quail Creek development in Grove City are a patriotic bunch.

"A lot of us put up flags at our homes on holidays and at other times," resident Debra Williams said.

But, Williams said, to her and other residents, something was missing from their community located near state Route 665 and Hoover Road.

"We didn't have a flag pole, something that belonged to all of us," she said.

So Williams and other residents began talking about doing something to change that.

About two months ago, Williams approached the condominium association board and gained approval to conduct a fundraising campaign toward the installation of a flag pole outside the neighborhood's clubhouse.

On Nov. 12, dozens of residents gathered for the dedication of the new flag pole and the raising of the flag.

James Knight, 94, a U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, presented the flag at the ceremony to John Carbol, commander of the honor guard with American Legion Post 164 and Grove City Veterans of Foreign Wars 8198.

Another resident, Lew Haimerl, 89, helped Carbol raise the flag.

"We have a number of veterans who live in our community, but they are our senior veterans," Williams said. "We held the ceremony especially in their honor."

Dedicating the flag pole on the day that served as the federal observance of Veterans Day "is really special and meaningful for us," she said.

"Flying the flag at the entrance to our community is a way to always have a reminder of those who have served and protected our nation," she said.

The flag pole itself was provided by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, Williams said.

In all, residents donated another $475 to pay other costs, including the purchase of a plaque that will be installed at the flag pole.

The plaque will read "Dedicated with gratitude to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed to preserve our freedom."

"That's really what it's all about," Williams said.

Haimerl said he was honored to help raise the flag.

"It's nice when people fly the flag at their homes, but this is something that people will be able to see every time they drive by," he said. "It's a nice addition to our community. Every community like this should have a flag pole. There are a lot that don't."

Haimerl served in the U.S. Air Force, with duty in Japan and the Pacific.

"For me, Veterans Day is always a day when I think about those who didn't make it back home," he said. "Those of us who were lucky, we think about those comrades we lost."

The Landings at Quail Creek is a special community, said Sam Williams, president of the condominium association and Debra's husband.

"Our residents really stepped up and supported the flag pole project with their donations," he said. "And then the turnout for our ceremony, it really made this a special Veterans Day."

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