An American flag given in memory of a former Quarry Hill resident on behalf of a grateful nation was flown for the first time at Quarry Hill on Independence Day, July 4.

Fred Popp served for three years during World War II as a messenger in the U.S. Army. He survived the battlefields but came home with a debilitating lung condition. After Fred’s death in January 2013, the flag was presented to Fred’s widow Helen by the U.S. government. She decided to donate the gift to Quarry Hill, and staff members seized the national holiday as the perfect time to unfurl its stars and stripes for all to see.

“It was our way of thanking Helen and Fred for the sacrifices they made for our country,” said Quarry Hill administrator Mary Sargent.