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Residents invited to celebrate 31st anniversary of Gospel Hill Flag

On Flag Day, Monday, June 14, the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation is joining

the City of Altoona to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the raising of the flag on Gospel Hill.

The ceremony will begin at noon inside the Don Devorris Pavilion of Downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza.

On Armed Forces Day in 1990, the first 30×60-foot flag was raised on Altoona’s Gospel Hill. In 1998, the Gospel Hill Flag Fund was established with the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation.

Donations to this fund support the maintenance of the flag, that is replaced three to four times each year.

Each year, the C PCF, City of Altoona, Altoona Fire and Police Departments, and countless others have gathered to commemorate Flag Day and our iconic Gospel Hill landmark.

In 2020, we were unable to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gospel Hill Flag as our annual ceremony was canceled.

This year, the Flag Day ceremony will include an Honor Guard, a brief history of the flag on Gospel Hill, as well as music from a local brass ensemble. Former Blair County Commissioner, Donna Gority, will say a few words in memory of her husband John F. Gority. Donna and John Gority are lifetime members of the Altoona Flag Club.

For your comfort and safety, please bring your own chair to the event. The Gospel Hill Flag Fund continues to be administered by the Central Pennsylvania Community

Foundation. You can contribute to the fund by sending a tax-deductible donation with check made payable to CPCF/Gospel Hill Flag to: CPCP, 1330 11th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.

For more information about the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, email cpcf@centralpagives.org or visit www.centralpagives.org.

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