Stark Memorial marks Flag Day with dedication

Owner Daniel Madden opens the ceremony with members of the Salem fire and police departments looking on.

SALEM — Stark Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services on Friday hosted a flag pole dedication ceremony in honor of Flag Day.

Owner and president Daniel Madden said he will fly two flags — the American Flag on top and another one underneath in support of the troops with the logo of each branch of the military.

According to Madden, when he became owner of the establishment in January there was no flag pole.

“It’s something I wanted to make sure got done,” he said.

Madden is especially thankful to veterans and intent on paying his respects because his father, who was injured but survived a plane crash in Vietnam in 1966.

Stark Memorial Funeral Home hosted a flag pole dedication in honor of Flag Day Friday morning with members of the Salem fire and police departments and the Salem Honor Guard in attendance. Funeral Director Steve Ward raises the flag while Owner Daniel Madden pays his respects. (Salem News photos by Kevin Howell)

“The rifle he was holding pierced through his body and came out his back,” he said. “Fourteen men died that day in that plane and 16 survived, along with my dad.

“Let us remember those who lost their loved ones that day and God Bless America and bless those who serve.”

The funeral home is the exclusive provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care, providing services for veterans throughout the year.

At the dedication ceremony, Father Bob Edwards of St. Paul Catholic Church offered the invocation. The Salem Honor Guard fired a three-volley salute and performed Taps while the flag was raised. Members of the Salem fire and police departments also attended.

Bugler Daniel Marchbanks of the Salem Honor Guard performs Taps.

Members of the Salem Honor Guard provide a three-volley salute.