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Flag-Raising Ceremonies Commemorate March Is Red Cross Month

UTICA, N.Y. (Feb. 27, 2014) — March is Red Cross Month, and Red Cross flags will fly in March at local government offices throughout the Mohawk Valley.

From Friday through March 6, Red Cross flags will be raised during separate ceremonies at the Oneida County, City of Utica, City of Rome, Village of Herkimer, Village of Cooperstown and Village of Sidney offices. During the ceremonies, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr., Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, Rome Mayor Joseph Fusco, Herkimer Mayor Mark Ainsworth, Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz and Sidney Mayor Andy Matviak will proclaim 2014 as Red Cross Month.

The local leaders will also read a Red Cross proclamation and be joined by Julie Darling, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley, as they raise the Red Cross flag. The Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley covers Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Delaware counties.

Here’s the schedule of Red Cross flag-raising ceremonies in the Mohawk Valley:

• 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Village of Herkimer office, 120 Green St.
• 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Oneida County office, 800 Park Avenue.
• 3 p.m. Monday, March 3, City of Rome office, 198 N. Washington St.
• 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, Village of Cooperstown office, 22 Main St.
• 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, Village of Sidney office, 21 Liberty St.
• 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, City of Utica office, 1 Kennedy Plaza.

“We are grateful to County Executive Picente, and mayors Palmieri, Ainsworth, Fusco, Katz and Matviak for their efforts in recognizing March is Red Cross Month and for flying our flags throughout the month,” Darling said. “The flags symbolize the work of our staff and volunteers, who provide help and hope to the people who need it most throughout the Mohawk Valley and the world.”

The flag-raising ceremonies are open to the public, and Darling will be available for interviews following the ceremonies.

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 71 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.