Marquardt said that the event was also a great way to bring this spring team together in the Fall. They had just played in a special New York State tournament where they had performed a lot better than expected, Gaffney said.
The power of one mom
The flag sale was the brainchild of one player's mom, Susan Gorman, who took note of a similar celebration in Hoopes Park in Auburn last summer.
Each flag sold by the lacrosse team was tagged to either honor a veteran or remember a veteran who had passed. The flags were placed in the ground around the main flagpole that sits above Shotwell Park, or Skaneateles' official veterans' memorial.
During the ceremony, the lacrosse players took turns reading off the names that were on each flag. After opening the ceremony singing the "National Anthem," they closed the remembrance with "America the Beautiful."
The team is already planning next year's event, which they hope will bring more red, white and blue to Skaneateles' eastern lakeside park.
This Skaneateles Lakeside Park includes the names of those who fought in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Although many of the men and women remembered in this park, shot well, the park is in fact named for the person who donated the lands and dedicated the funds for its maintenance as a park. For the whole story, go to skaneateles.com/visit/events-a-attractions/shotwell-memorial-park.html.