2002-11-16 / Community

Flag Raised On B. 134 Street

When Flip Mullen, a retired hero firefighter, asked Harry Burgeman if he would assist him in raising a large, beautiful American flag at Beach 134 Street, there was only one response possible. Burgeman gladly accepted.

Flip probably realized that Burgeman was one of the few veterans still around from World War II, and maybe the oldest guy on the block!

So, one fine Sunday afternoon this past summer, with a nice crowd on hand they proudly raised the flag.

Burgeman told the crowd that he had served for 39 months, partly in the Philippines and as a First Lieutenant on General Douglas MacArthur's staff in Japan, and that there wasn't a country in the world that could hold a candle to this glorious country of ours. And when there was a flag-raising ceremony overseas, he couldn't remember the time that he didn't have a tear in his eyes.

And Burgeman concluded by telling the kids in the crowd to read their history, and that no one would ever have to remind them how proud they should be as American citizens.

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