By MARK MAYNARD
A group of third generation bricklayers is more than willing to give back to the Ashland community this week.
Several members of Bricklayers Local 7 are reconstructing the brick base for the flagpole on Judd Plaza. They began the work Tuesday morning and hope to be finished by Friday, said Richard “Willie” Moon who is on the project with his father, Richard Moon, brother Brian Moon and Brian’s son Justin Moon.
“Bricklaying has been a family thing for us,” said Willie Moon, whose grandfather was Carmen Moon. “It all started in the 1950s with my grandfather.”
Willie said he remembers riding around town with his grandfather who would point out jobs the family of bricklayers had completed.
“We got a phone call from the president and vice-president of the union about this project and it’s something we wanted to do for the community,” Willie said. “It’s our way of giving back.”
The city of Ashland is providing the materials and the bricklayers are supplying the labor and expertise. The brick base will be about five-feet tall upon completion, Willie said. They also are going to put a seal on it that will protect it from the weather, which led to the deteroration of the previous base.
“Weather makes everything rot,” he said. “We’re going to try and prevent that a little anyway.”
The flagpole area is a signature part of the Judd Plaza area in downtown Ashland. New Mayor Chuck Charles has a goal of making the downtown area more appealing and eye-catching for citizens and visitors. Last Saturday, he led a group cleanup of the downtown area.
“We want to help out anyway we can,” Willie said. “The city has been awfully good to us with projects and different things. We’re glad to donte something that fits our craft.”
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