The Tiadaghton chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has presented Pennsylvania College of Technology with a Certificate of Commendation for its display of the American flag at the college's main entrance off Maynard Street.
A plaque and a letter of commendation were delivered to Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College president and to William J. Martin, retired senior vice president, by Thomas E. Gouldy, president of the Tiadaghton chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and an alumnus of both Penn College predecessors: Williamsport Area Community College and Williamsport Technical Institute.
Also on hand for the college was Anthony J. DiSalvo, organizer of the annual God, Country and Community Flag March, who has served as chairman of the National Flag Foundation's local chapter and spearheaded the initial effort - with Martin in 2000 - to have the 30-by-60-foot flag displayed on campus as part of the Flags Across America initiative.
Shown, from left, are Anthony J. DiSalvo, chair of the National Flag Foundation local chapter; Davie Jane Gilmour, Penn College president; Thomas E. Gouldy, president of the Tiadaghton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution; and William J. Martin, retired senior vice president.
The SAR's letter of commendation to the college says, "The position of this flag is a welcome sign and inspiration for thousands of travelers, local residents and students as they enter the city and the college campus from Maynard Street."
"This is a wonderful gesture on the part of the Sons of the American Revolution," Gilmour said in accepting the honor on behalf of the college.
The plaque will be hung in the Student and Administrative Services Center near a photographic mosaic of the flag, titled "United We Stand," created by former administrator Fred Gilmour.
That work served as a fundraiser for the Williamsport-Lycoming County Flag Committee, which is responsible for an endowment established for the flag's perpetual maintenance.
The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. The nonprofit corporation seeks to "maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for national symbols and the value of American citizenship."