Boyertown Legion Dedicates Flag Pole in Honor of Veteran Bob Ellis, Member of Post 471 for Over 70 Years | Local News
Almost 100 people came for the dedication of the Boyertown American Legion Post 471 Flagpole in honor of veteran Robert (Bob) Ellis on July 3.
“Ellis is the epitome of what a true hero, husband, father and friend looks like. It is because of his conduct, his service and his commitment to this great country, it is truly a blessing and a privilege to honor him as we dedicate this new mast in his honor, ”said the Boyertown Legion Chaplain Mark Malizzi.
The crowd gathered around the pole for the dedication ceremony.
“The pride you feel in Boyertown and the love and support we have for our veterans, it shows when you have opportunities like this,” said Malizzi. “People lined the street and around the post, it was really wonderful to see the support and the heart of our community for our veterans.”
Malizzi delivered the Summoning and was MC of the dedication ceremony.
“Ellis has been with the Boyertown Legion for over 70 years, plus he’s been a part of Boyertown baseball and many other parts of the Boyertown community for years,” he said. “He has done so much for our community as a veteran but also as a member of the American Legion. “
Ellis, 96, joined the Air Force in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He is a life member of the Boyertown community and he joined the Boyertown American Legion in 1947 where he served in many roles. different from board member to post commander. . He has been a member of Post 471 for 74 years.
Ellis and his wife, Emma Shirey (deceased) raised four children together: David Ellis (deceased), Robert Ellis, Kathy Echols and Bonnie Russ.
An avid sports fan, Ellis was the Boyertown baseball team’s scorer for many years. In 1994, he entered the American Legion Sports Hall of Fame.
The Boyertown American Legion Flagpole was dedicated to Ellis in honor of his military service, dedication to veterans, and commitment to the American Legion Post 471.
The sign on the flag pole reads: “Robert Ellis – This flag pole is dedicated to his endless dedication to the country and its veterans for over 70 years. He is indeed a great comrade, veteran and friend.
“It was a great way to honor the veterans in our community and it was our honor to honor Bob,” said Malizzi.
Representative David Maloney presented Ellis with a House of Representatives citation in honor of his service to the community. Also in attendance were Representative Tracy Pennycuick and Senator Bob Mensch.
The Boyertown Alumni Band provided the music for the ceremony by performing the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner” while the American flag and the POW / MIA flag were hoisted.
The groundbreaking ceremony was followed by a ribbon cutting of the new Legion Post bridge that was added to the building during the pandemic.
“Members of the American Legion can step out of the building and enjoy the beautiful scenery by the creek and enjoy Boyertown more,” said Malizzi.
The new 60-foot-tall commercial-grade American mast sits in the Legion’s new Honor Garden. Members of the community can purchase a Memorial Brick in honor of a Veteran for use in the Military Memorial Garden.
“The pole is the centerpiece of what will be the memorial garden. Ultimately there will be a Boyertown bear parked there, ”said Malizzi. “He’s going to represent the veterans in our region and community members can be a part of it. “
To purchase a commemorative brick and for more information, visit the Legion website at http://boyertownamericanlegion.com/ or the Legion Facebook page @boyertownamericanlegion.