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The flag flew at West Chester Fire Headquarters, where the honor guard was present for a brief ceremony. It also flew briefly at the West Chester Police Department.
The fire department became aware of the request through several firefighters organizations, according to West Chester Twp. spokeswoman Barb Wilson.
“This is the first time any of us can recall (being asked to take part in such a ceremony),” Wilson said.
The flag relay, a national event similar to the relay of the Olympic torch, was created and coordinated nationally by Matthew Troy, a USA Bobsled videographer, flag relay coordinator and volunteer firefighter/EMT in Connecticut.
Troy, who was traveling to South Korea this week, could not be reached for comment. He told the Associated Press he was inspired by a flag etiquette presentation for Olympic athletes.
The flags were presented to the athletes for their journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Troy said the flags may accompany athletes if they make the podium.
“The flags were to be presented to the team in Lake Placid at the Olympic Training Center before they left for Korea,” Wilson said.
Troy told SweetwaterNow that the four-flag project was inspired by Chris Fogt, a bobsled push athlete and active serviceman who gave a flag etiquette class to all of the athletes last summer. All four flags flew in New York, as the bobsled and skeleton teams are based in Lake Placid, N.Y. Many of the flags flew in the hometowns or college towns of many of the athletes.
The flags were presented in January to Fogt of the men’s bobsled team, Kendall Wesenberg of the women’s skeleton team, Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel-Poser of the women’s bobsled team and Matt Antoine and John Daly of the men’s skeleton team.