Jackson Center Receives U.S. Flag From Decorated Veteran

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Judge Stephen W. Cass, Chautauqua County Surrogate's Court; Reba Bennett; Harold Bennett; Peter Carlo, Susan Rowley, President, Lake Erie Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of New York; Cindy Reidy, Chautauqua V.A. Program Director; and, Todd Annis, Maple Grove Cemetery Caretaker

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Robert H. Jackson Center

The Robert H. Jackson Center was honored to receive a U.S. flag formerly flown over the United States Capitol. On Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the gravesite of Justice Robert H. Jackson in Maple Grove Cemetery, Frewsburg, New York, decorated Korean War veteran Peter Carlo presented the flag to the Robert H. Jackson Center (RHJC) in honor of Justice Robert H. Jackson “a great man who left us with a remarkable memory to follow.” He prepared a statement about Jackson’s birth in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania, his formative years growing up in Frewsburg, becoming a successful lawyer in Jamestown and his move to Washington, D.C., where he served as U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Attorney General and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. As a recipient of the Purple Heart, Carlo especially appreciated Jackson’s role as Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial after WWII.

The gathering also included RHJC board member and Chautauqua County Surrogate’s Court Judge Stephen W. Cass; Jackson relatives Harold Bennett and his sister Reba; Marianne Carlo (Peter’s wife); Susan Rowley, President, Lake Erie Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of New York; Cindy Reidy, Chautauqua County Veterans Agency Dwyer Program Director; Marion Beckerink, RHJC Director of Development; Todd Annis, Maple Grove Cemetery Caretaker and his wife, Tammy; and, trumpeter Brandon Carouso who played Taps at the conclusion of the presentation. Everyone shared comments about Jackson’s impact on the local community and beyond. Carlo noted that he met Justice Jackson when he was fifteen years old and described it as an experience he would never forget.

Marion Beckerink accepted Carlo’s donation of the flag on behalf of the Center with sincere appreciation and gratitude. Judge Cass also thanked Peter Carlo for his service and for honoring Jackson. Cass remarked that “Jackson, a son of Frewsburg, touched a lot of people locally and around the world, and we’re proud to look up to him for direction.”