Pittsburgh Fort Pitt Museum Hosts “Fourth on the Fort” Flag Ceremony

July 2 – The flag is massive enough for drivers to see as they exit the Fort Pitt Tunnel and head into the city of Pittsburgh.

Look for it on Sunday.

The 20 by 36 garrison flag is the largest flown by the U.S. Army. It is displayed on public holidays and special events. The flag will be hoisted on Sunday.

The Fort Pitt Museum in downtown Pittsburgh hosts its annual Fourth at the Fort celebrations at Point State Park.

“When you see this flag hoisted, your hair will stand up on your neck,” said Andy Masich, president and CEO of Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District, which operates the Fort Pitt Museum. “To see this giant flag catch the breeze and fly over Point State Park is breathtaking.”

It requires 20 people to help position and hoist the 13-star flag.

The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. The event is free of charge.

It is held in partnership with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the owners of the Fort Pitt Block House, the oldest building in the area, according to the history center.

Visitors can also throw tomahawks from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $ 5 for five minutes.

Reenactors demonstrate life in Fort Pitt in the 18th century.

“We’re inviting everyone to come and grab Old Glory,” Masich said. “It is a time to remember the veterans of this nation ‘By the people, by the people, for the people’ who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. “

Veterans get free entry to the Fort Pitt Museum on Sunday courtesy of the Fort Pitt Capital Group. The Green Tree-based company has partnered with the Museums and 96.9 BOB FM to recognize veteran businesses in Allegheny County.

The Operation: Support Veteran Owned Business campaign highlights veterans. They shared their stories with BOB FM disc jockey Steve Rohan. Some of them will take part in the flag raising event.

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Fort Pitt Capital Group has always supported veterans, said Ed Lettieri, the company’s senior vice president. You have helped soldiers transition from military to civilian life.

He said the opportunity to gather safely again on Independence Day is a way to honor all veterans.

“To see the unfolded flag and the reenactors are patriotic moments,” said Lettieri. “We believe in our veterans, and if we can do something to help them, we will. In our business, we help people achieve their money goals. But without the freedom we could have because of our veterans we don’t do that. ” What we do.”

Admission is $ 8 for adults, $ 7 for seniors, $ 4.50 for students and children ages 6-17, and free for members and free for children under 5.

Museum opening times are on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, jharrop@triblive.com, or on Twitter.

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