"By the Dawns Early Light"
Flag Retirement Plaza
Flag Retirement Plaza Dedication Ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, 2006
South Park is home to the By the Dawns Early Light Flag Retirement Plaza, a one-of-a-kind facility that provides a location for patriotic reflection and the proper retirement of our nations symbol. Designed with the help of John Kovach, Jr., a former Marine and sergeant first class in the Pennsylvania National Guard, the hexagonal plaza is surrounded by seven flag poles - one for each branch of the military and one for the American flag - with a burn pit in the center. A deposit box on the site allows visitors to leave soiled, damaged and tattered flags to be incinerated during future ceremonies.
Located behind the Childrens Theatre in South Park, the site was named by North Catholic High School student Natalie Sippel of McCandless, the winner of the County flag essay contest.
It is our hope that the Plaza will facilitate the retirement of our nations emblem with the respect and dignity it deserves. It also allows us to lead by example and teach our children the importance of respecting this symbol of our security and freedom.
If you wish to use the Flag Retirement Plaza to conduct a flag retirement ceremony, please contact the South Park Permit Office at (412) 835-4809, 4810 for the proper permits.