Meyer also thanked Onondaga Historical Association Executive Director Greg Tripoli, recognizing that the OHA has played a critical role in the county's flag restoration project over the last 10 years.
"The flag that a lot of the soldiers took off to battle was the flag that their mother, their wife, their sister made," Meyer said. "A lot of the troops were from the same community; they wanted to do their duty but they wanted to come home with the flag their mom made."
The flag presented to the 122nd regiment had hand-stitched on its stripes, "Presented by the Ladies of Fayetteville."
Onondaga County is the repository for the original flag.