THE "LIGHTS FOR PEACE" FLAG HONORS VETERANS
AT FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

For 48 years the "Lights for Peace" flag flew above the Old Glory Tower in the North End of New Bedford, through the efforts of the late Joseph Theodore, WWII veteran and Purple Heart recipient along with the late David Bancroft, former owner of the fire tower.

Due to the deterioration of the tower, the month of December 2018 was the final month the flag was flown to honor a local veteran, but beginning Sept.8th, the "Lights for Peace" flag began to fly at the Fort Taber - Fort Rodman Military Museum, beginning a new tradition, sponsored by Empire Ford.

The flag was first flown at the New Bedford City Hall on Feb. 15, 1968 and the second flag flew at the Old Glory Tower 3 years later on Labor Day 1971. The practice of illuminating the flag began to spread through the nation's city halls and statehouses, then in 1972, President Nixon proclaimed that a flag was to fly atop the White House and from every customs port of entry in the country.

A total of 553 flags had flown atop the Old Glory Tower to honor local veterans over the past 48 years. Below is the list of veterans honored to date at the Fort Taber - Fort Rodman Military Museum.

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395 Mt. Pleasant St
Directions New Bedford, MA 02746

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  1. Empire Ford of New Bedford

    395 Mt. Pleasant St
    New Bedford, MA 02746

    • Sales: (855) 453-5700
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