In a brief ceremony on Saturday, May 11 at American Legion post 335, 1199 Basham Drive in Charlestown, the Charlestown Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Association (CPRNA) donated a set of American flags to the American Legion post. CPRNA representative and presenter Claude Rottet said that members of the association wanted to provide a gift to the American Legion that was symbolic of the freedom they desire and of their commitment to the Charlestown community. The flags represent three significant time periods in American history, the original flag of U.S. independence in 1776, a 15-star, 15-stripe flag which was the official flag when surveyor Charles Beggs mapped what became Charlestown, and the modern 50-star, 13-stripe flag. Rottet said that it’s important for people to recognize that Pleasant Ridge residents are contributing members of the Charlestown community. “We want to live in peace, without fear of losing our homes,” said Rottet. The flags will remain on display in the Legion’s banquet hall which will undergo renovation in the coming months.