I have lived more than half my life in the state of Pennsylvania. For the first 18 years of my life I lived in two small villages, within a few miles of each other, in Armstrong County located an hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh. Between the years of 1974 and 1998 I moved around a lot. During those 20+ years I lived in Alabama, Indiana, Texas, West Germany (Frankfurt), New Jersey, and Maryland. When I moved to Warren in 1998, I felt like I was coming home. After 11 years my adopted city still feels like home. In today’s blog I will tell you a little bit about my adopted home, as well as an event that is held each Memorial Day weekend in Warren.
The city of Warren is in Warren County, located in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania approximately 50 miles east of Erie. I obtained the map shown below here.
Warren sits alongside the Allegheny River. It is the county seat of Warren County, and it is a gateway to the Allegheny National Forest.
According to Wikipedia, Warren was initially inhabited by Native Americans of the Seneca nation. French explorers had claims to the area but control was transferred to the British after the French and Indian War. After the Revolutionary War, in 1795, General William Irvine and Andrew Ellicott were sent to the area to lay out a town. That town, the city of Warren, was named after General Joseph Warren, who was a Revolutionary War patriot. There is a statue of General Joseph Warren in a park that is aptly named General Joseph Warren Park.
This morning at 11:00AM the 41st annual Four Flags Ceremony will be held at Heritage Point in Crescent Park. Heritage Point is located at the eastern end of the park and is comprised of the Birdstone Monument and the flags of the four nations that represent the region’s heritage — the Seneca Nation of Indians Flag, the French Flag, the British Flag and the American Flag. The Four Flags Ceremony is held each Memorial Day weekend. In the 11 years I have lived in Warren, I have yet to observe this ceremony. We are never home on the day of the ceremony and such is the case today.