By Kristina Houck
Community members gathered Feb. 21 to dedicate the new flagpole at the Del Mar Library.
Installed Jan. 30, the 20-foot flagpole and United States flag was donated to the city by the H. Randall and Marilyn C. Stoke Charitable Foundation.
“I really want to thank you for doing this,” said Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu during the brief ceremony. “It’s a beautiful flagpole. It looks great. I accept it on behalf of the city.”
The foundation’s gift included a flag, pole and solar light panel. Randy and Marilyn Stoke’s daughter, Del Mar resident Nancy Stoke, approached her parents with the idea.
“I wanted to do something of lasting value for Del Mar,” said Nancy Stoke, who has lived in Del Mar since 1971. “This flagpole at the library is it.
“I thank the city, the mayor, the city staff and the library leadership for all that you’ve done to make this possible, as well as my family, who certainly helped. The flag will be a credit to the city and Camino del Mar.”
To conclude the ceremony, the Stoke’s granddaughter, Del Mar Pines sixth grader Kelly Stoke, led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance around the new flagpole.
“It’s a government building and it should have a flag,” said Pat Freeman, the president of the Friends of the Del Mar Library, after the ceremony. “I really like it. I think it’s fantastic.”
The Del Mar City Council approved the installation of the flagpole during the Sept. 3 council meeting. The H. Randall and Marilyn C. Stoke Charitable Foundation will be responsible for the maintenance of the area.
“We really appreciate the gift that the Stokes have given the library and the community,” said Donna Ohr, deputy director of the San Diego County Library. “The Del Mar Library is such a part of the community. When we receive things like this, it just really reinforces that partnership between the library and community, and how we both strengthen each other.”