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Scouts of Boy Scout Troop 13 raise the flag representing the Seneca Indian Nation.

The annual Four Flags Ceremony recognizes Warren County’s heritage.

The four flags hoisted each spring and flown above Heritage Point, Crescent Park, Warren, represent the four nations that have dominated the Warren County area through the ages.

The first to be lifted at Saturday’s ceremony represented the Seneca Indian Nation. It is not a replica of a historical flag as the Nation does not usually fly a flag. The one that flew at Heritage Park was designed specifically for this purpose.

The others are historic flags – and represented the nations around the time Warren County first fell to their sway.

The French Fleur de Lys flag represents the French occupation at the end of the 16th century.

Brody Alexander of Boy Scout Troop 13 accepts the Betsy Ross American flag replica from Fran Perrin of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The colors of the British king followed.

Finally, the American Betsy Ross flag was hoisted.

Master of Ceremonies John Shaughnesy explained that because the Betsy Ross American Flag is a historic flag, it could be flown at full staff despite executive orders that American flags be flown at half mast to honor the victims of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas. as well as in recognition of Memorial Day.

The keynote speaker for the event was Piper VanOrd.

She spoke about Warren County’s natural heritage – and compared it to the surroundings of a Ukrainian refugee camp she recently visited. Like many, VanOrd once swore she would never return to Warren County. Then, during a visit, she wondered, “When did we put in a state forest and all the rivers and streams?

Scouts of Scout Troop 13 hoist the historic French Fleur de Lys flag.

Shortly after this visit, she learned that the job she had been trained for and had moved to Anchorage, Alaska would not be available.

She searched the Warren Times Observer online, she said, and clicked on “business opportunities.”

There she found Allegheny Outfitters.

“He called us” she says. ” Natural beauty. The forest. River. Streams.

They returned to Warren County. “The first few years we spent every waking moment exploring every nook and cranny,” said VanOrd. “Every moment you spend exploring, the more you fall in love.”

Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 13 raise the Betsy Ross replica American flag during the Four Flags Ceremony Saturday morning at Heritage Point, Crescent Park, Warren.

During a humanitarian mission in Ukraine and Poland, she was invited to walk around the region.

“The small refugee center is home to 80 women and children who have left their whole world behind,” she says. After a long day, they went for a walk with the woman who runs the center.

“What started as a walk quickly turned into a nature tour,” said VanOrd.

They waded into the river. They looked at plants and animals. Everything was similar to Warren County.

“Tatiana agreed that nature is a healing force”, said VanOrd.

She asked Tatiana if there was anything else they could do.

“She said, ‘We only need one thing. Peace. When we’re at peace, we can go home'” said VanOrd. “I hope, I pray, I wish with everything I have that they can find peace.”

“We are so lucky to be surrounded by this and to be surrounded by a community that gives, cares and loves,” she says.

This year’s Four Flags Ceremony was dedicated to Joint Service Club committee member John McGarry. McGarry was a dedicated member of the Four Flags Committee for many years and an enthusiastic supporter of the event, Shaughnesy said. McGarry died on May 19.

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