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OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISOR
TOWN OF SOUTHOLD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 1, 2020
Contact: Southold Town Supervisor Scott A. Russell
Re: Display of American Flags
As we enter the month of May, we have all experienced the heartache of the impacts caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus for several weeks. From those who have acquired the disease and the effects it has caused to the families and friends who have lost a loved one. The disruption of people’s daily lives and the impacts our small businesses, there have been sacrifices made and challenges that lie ahead. We have seen a decline in the spread over the past two weeks, no doubt, the result of the commitment made by everyone to follow the guidelines to keep our community, our families and ourselves safe.
As we have moved through this pandemic, we have also seen greatness. Volunteers, business and community organizations who have stepped forward to those in need. We have also seen heroes. The healthcare workers and first responders who risk their own health, work tireless hours and have shown a deep commitment care and concern for the people.
To honor our heroes, Town Supervisor Scott Russell, through the generosity and partnership of the Southold Village Merchants, has requested the Southold Town Department of Public Works display American flags along the Main Road in Southold Village two weeks earlier this year. Every year, American flags are put on display by the Southold Village Merchants shortly before Memorial Day, however, Supervisor Russell has requested that they be put in place earlier effective today, May 1, 2020 as a tribute to those who have given, and continue to give, so much of themselves to the people of Southold.
According the Supervisor Russell, “how can you ever truly express the gratitude, the appreciation and deep respect we have for those who are giving so much. This is a small measure but, one that will hopefully serve as a visual reminder to all of us of the sacrifices our first responders and our healthcare workers are making on our behalf everyday”.