Dedication of the Wittenberg White Pigeon Municipal Building and its flagpole was among the highlights of last weekend’s White Pigeon Days celebration in White Pigeon.
Village President Dan Czajkowski welcomed the large group of people who gathered Friday evening (July 8th) near the building at 103 South Kalamazoo Street that now houses the village offices and the police department. In his remarks, he reviewed the history of the project that has transformed a former grocery store and hardware into the new headquarters for village operations. Czajkowski noted that the new facility provides around 5,000 square feet of space – compared to 850 square feet in the previous location – and said the purpose of the dedication ceremony was to recognize those who made the project possible. (Dan_Czajkowski_audio clip – :50)
In the course of the ceremony, White Pigeon Township Supervisor Don Gloy offered congratulations from the township and presented a gavel to Czajkowski as a gift to mark the occasion.
The new flagpole was funded from donations to the 1Lt. Jonathon W. Edds Memorial Fund, which was established through the White Pigeon Area Community Foundation in memory the young White Pigeon soldier who was killed in August of 2007 while serving in Iraq. As part of the dedication ceremony, his parents, Barry and Julia Edds of White Pigeon, raised the new, 4-foot by 6-foot United States flag on the flagpole for the first time.
An open house was also staged Friday evening in conjunction with the dedication.
To view a brochure about the new Municipal Building – included a brief history and many pictures regarding the renovation project and a donors list – click on the following link: White Pigeon Municipal Building brochure.
To hear a recording to the dedication ceremony, click here (19:04 – 17.4 MB).