Guard unit welcomed home; I-77 overpass dedicated for late flag waver

Posted September 9, 2013 4:02 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

The World War Two veteran known best in York County for waving the American flag at an overpass over Interstate 77 for hours after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and every year on the anniversary had that bridge dedicated in his name Saturday.

The late Leonard Farrington’s name now appears on the Sutton Road overpass near Exit 83.

State Senator Wes Hayes co-sponsored the legislative resolution naming the overpass after Farrington.  Hayes says Farrington showed his patriotism by first waving the flag at the overpass on September 11th, 2001.

State Rep. Raye Felder, a co-sponsor of the legislative resolution naming the bridge after Farrington, says everyone needs to find a way to give back just a little bit.

And across Cherry Road — another celebration Sunday marking the return of 161 National Guardsmen and women.

And just a few days before the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, a National Guard Unit out of York County was officially welcomed home with a community celebration Sunday.

The 161 members of the 178th Combat Engineers returned home to family and friends in Columbia May 31st. Sunday’s community celebration marked the end of a 90-day ‘reintegration period’ following the soldiers’ 11-month deployment.