- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) - A new flag pole in Fitchburg has been dedicated in the memory of a local Marine killed in Iraq.

The pole was dedicated Sunday at the park named for Lance Cpl. Geofrey Cayer, who was killed in Habbaniyah, Iraq, in July 2006.

The Sentinel & Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1mMPKaA ) reports that the previous flag at the park was blown down in a wind storm in November.

Cayer’s parents, Joan and Robert Cayer, began to talk about replacing the pole.

Officer Josh Lambert, school resource officer at Fitchburg High School, where Joan Cayer teacher, said having the parents pay for a new pole was “unacceptable.” So he helped launch a fundraising drive.

The 20-foot metal flagpole, flying a U.S. and a Marine Corps flag, can withstand 280 mph winds.

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Information from: Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.), http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com

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