UTICA, NY – The Good News Center held its 5th annual Flags for Heroes closing ceremony Saturday.
The ceremony paid tribute to the men and women who served and fought for our country.
Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and more recently those who have served in the Middle East, enjoyed an afternoon filled with patriotic music.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell, who was part of the unit that captured Sadam Hussein, was the featured speaker for the event.
Flags for Heroes is a display of 1,000 full-sized American flags that line the Utica Memorial Parkway.
World War II Veteran Robert Delleceese said no matter how you feel about our country, you must respect it, and the flag.
“People have got to understand that they have to respect the flag of the United States of America. It is that flag that gives us all of our rights. Our right to convene. Our right to worship. Our right to speak, as long as we speak the truth. That is important. It’s critical that we all respect the flag.”
The Flags for Heroes display runs through Veterans Day.