‘Watertown Strong’ flag to fly, thanks to fire, police departments


The Watertown community doesn’t stop giving!

The Transition to Success class wants to pay tribute to the first responders of the shootout and manhunt that took place after the Boston Marathon bombing, by raising a “Watertown Strong” flag in their honor at Watertown High School — and the Watertown Fire and Police Departments have offered to pay for it!

The class would like to purchase a red-and-black, 4-foot by 6-foot flag from Lubin’s Trophy of Newton for $345. It would be raised on the corner of Common Street and Columbia Street.

This project is part of the Transition to Success class, a class that prepares students to live in the real world. To help pay for the flag, the students decided to sell red wristbands that say “Watertown Strong.” The class ordered 600 wristbands for $234. newBlondeflyerjpg2

The community was touched by the students’ act of kindness. The wristbands have been very popular, at a cost of only $1, no wonder!

Superintendent Jean Fitzgerald met with the class back in September and was very impressed by the students’ proposal.

Once the Watertown Fire and Police Departments heard about the project, they said they wanted to help. A small ceremony was held at WHS, and members of the Watertown Fire and Police Departments came to officiate and said the departments would pay for the flag.

Mary Russo, the class supervisor, said the the flag will surely go up before April vacation.

“I am waiting to get the approval about the dates,” she said. “At the moment, they are April 11 or 12.”

–Feb. 19, 2014–