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A giant American flag was draped over East Main Street in the City of Batavia today, allowing the funeral procession for an Elba Fire Department member to ride underneath.

It’s a longtime ceremonial tradition. Today it honors Batavia native Melvin Loder, who died Saturday at the age of 68.

The flag is hung up by the extended ladders of both a Town and City of Batavia firetruck on each side of the street.

The street should open back up to four lanes once the funeral procession advances and the flag is lowered.

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