Commander's estate will help fund new flags in Shamokin, Coal Twp.
COAL TOWNSHIP - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 317 is using money from the estate of its first commander to replace prominent flags in the community.
The post was humbled to learn that Leon Herb, who died Aug. 23, left the organization a sum of money. It was decided to put the money into a special fund to be used for flag replacements, said John M. Schenewerk, post commander.
In particular, the large flag that flies at Market and Independence streets in Shamokin and the one at the Coal Township municipal building will be replaced as needed using the money. A ceremony has been scheduled for Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, for the first replacements, starting at 1 p.m. in Shamokin followed by the Coal Township site.
The public is encouraged to attend these brief ceremonies.
The flags will be raised in honor of Herb, and the goal is to always have a fresh flag flying at both locations, Schenewerk said.
The post in planning to host fundraisers to help support the fund and buy future flags. It learned Tuesday that it has been approved to collect inside the gate at Friday's "Coal Bucket" game at Kemp Memorial Stadium in which Shamokin Area hosts Mount Carmel Area. Volunteers will also go through the crowd to collect, Schenewerk said.
Also, those interested in donating to the "Lee Herb Memorial Flag Fund" can send a check payable to the Coal Township VFW, c/o 1501 W. Lynn St. Coal Township 17866.
Herb, 89, was a veteran of World War II, during which he served in campaigns in Normandy, Ardennes and the Rhineland. For his courage during these battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.