Johnstown, PA (WJAC) — At the corner of D Street and Fairfield Avenue in Johnstown’s West End stands a flag that not many people notice.
“It’s not very well known,” says West End Improvement Group Vice President Rose Howarth. “So, when that information came to us at the West End Improvement Group and Mr. George Higgins was the one who really said we need to make a memorial to remember our only native son who passed away on 9/11.”
William Moskal was born Aug. 17, 1951, and lived in the West End.
“News stories say he was in New York to do a presentation on the day of 9/11, and he passed away,” said Howarth. “His remains were never recovered.”
The flag, placed by the West End Improvement Group, was dedicated in Moskal’s honor on the 10th anniversary of his death.
“Johnstown is full of culture and history, and we stood for a lot of things in Johnstown that affected the nation, so it is important to not forget the past,” said Howarth.
This week, the weathered flag was replaced, thanks to state Rep. Jim Rigby and the Johnstown Fire Department.
“From the weather, flags need changed and updated, so it was time to get a new flag,” said Howarth. “So, they did a very nice and respectful change of the flag.”
The group is hoping the flag will serve as a reminder to everyone of all the lives lost on that horrific day.
“It’s a remembrance place for loss of life,” said Howarth. “Maybe he could represent not just the West End or Johnstown, but everyone who perished that day. I think it is a good reminder.”
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