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Flags Retired Ceremoniously

Burning a worn or faded American flag is the only proper way to dispose of “Old Glory” and this formal ceremony pays due respect to historical traditions that honor the nation’s most important symbol. Commander Jim Whalen and members of the Floral Park American Legion Post held the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 14 at the Floral Park Recreation parking lot, with the assistance of the Floral Park Fire Department. More than two dozen community members joined for the ceremonies.

Anyone with a flag to be retired may deposit it in the drop box in front of the Floral Park American Legion Hall on Elizabeth Street, across from John Lewis Childs School or at 113 South Tyson Ave. Additionally, a member of the Floral Park American Legion will come to your home or office if you are unable to deliver the flag to either location. To arrange a pick-up contact Past Commander Jim MacDonald at 516-437-0901.

(Photos by Christy Hinko)

News

Maybe not a scene from the rap song video, Thrift Shop, but the popular spot in Floral Park to score some of the best deals on lightly used goods and clothing, the United Methodist Church’s Thrift Shop, was just as exciting to watch when it re-opened to customers for the season. The thrift shop re-opened on Wednesday, Sept. 3 after being closed for the summer for restocking, cleaning and organizing the shelves and racks.

Thrift Shop Manager Dolores Rossi said more than nine volunteers helped throughout the summer to get the shop back into top shape for its re-opening, including her 17-year-old grandsons, Andrew Rossi of Floral Park and Jake Kennedy of New Hyde Park.

In 1963, Sewanhaka High School alumni and Floral Park resident, Adele Werthmuller pulled out her yearbook. She was on a mission and began paging through the pictures and names of her beloved classmates. She decided to look through the phone book for familiar names. She said, “I kept in contact with many of my girlfriends so I started looking for the men first.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial High School Class of 1964

Friday, September 12

Bellerose Village Day

Saturday, September 13

34th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show

Sunday, September 14



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1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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