NORWAY — A flag-raising ceremony will be held Wednesday evening to commemorate the replacement of three flags that were stolen more than a year ago from Veterans Memorial Park.

Ron Snow, commander of the Stone-Smart American Legion Post 82, said the ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. at the park in front of Rowe Elementary School at Main and Paris streets. There will be recognition of numerous people and organizations that donated to replace the flags and upgrade the security at the site.

The Post’s United States flag, prisoner of war and state of Maine flags, which hung over Veterans Memorial Park just across the street from the Post hall, were stolen sometime during the night of Dec. 7 when they were at half-staff. The memorial park had no security measures, and officials theorize that someone might have simply cut the flags down.

In January, members of the Post voted to replace two of three flags stolen late last year from the town’s memorial park and to add a security system.

The U.S. flag was quickly replaced through a donation from U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ office, but Post officials waited to get the additional flags until the security measures were in place.

More than $400 in private donations paid for the new security system. U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and state Rep. Tom Winsor’s office, as well as Collins, provided the new flags.

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