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1945 Coraopolis VFW VE Day Flag

1945 Coraopolis VFW VE Day flag and flagpole donated by Kathie and Bill Sterling

The Sterling family presented us with an American flag with the following history:

To celebrate VE day in 1945, the Coraopolis VFW placed wooden flagpoles and 48-star flags in the yard of each home. This flag was placed in the yard of Cora Toms Purdy at 713 School Street. Cora was a widow with 3 sons who ran a boarding house at 713 School St to support her children. Cora’s son A. Paul Purdy (2nd Vice President at Union Natl Bank in Coraopolis), wife (Myrtle) and children (A. Glenn and Sara) lived at 713 School St with Cora until they got married.

Kathie and Bill Sterling donated the flag in memory of Cora Toms Purdy, her son A. Paul Purdy, and Paul's children A. Glenn Purdy and Sarah Morton. Glenn and Sara are alumni of Coraopolis High School.

While not pictured to the left, the family has, managed to preserve the original flagpole, which was also donated, and will be displayed along with this historic flag.