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Braintree Toyota Re-Dedicates Flag with Local Vets

The American flag and flagpole at the Braintree dealership fell down earlier this year when hit by lightning.

Local veterans gathered with the Tufankjians at Toyota of Braintree Wednesday morning.
Local veterans gathered with the Tufankjians at Toyota of Braintree Wednesday morning.
A 110-foot flag pole and accompanying giant American flag was installed at Toyota of Braintree when it opened in 2008 as a way to demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and act as a gateway to Braintree.

"We're very patriotic," owner Charles Tufankjian said.

And so when a lightning strike toppled the flag pole in September, the Tufankjians quickly put in an order for another.

A second, custom-built 110-foot pole was trucked down in three pieces from New Hampshire and installed at the dealership last month.

On Wednesday, Charles Tufankjian and his sons David and Greg, along with a number of other Toyota employees, were joined by a dozen or so veterans from American Legion Post 86 to re-dedicate the pole and American flag.

The flag was brought down, held for a moment in the wind while the veterans saluted, and then raised to half-staff for Nelson Mandela as everyone recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

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