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Press Releases / 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2014



75 United States, City of New York Flags and POW/MIA Flags to Be Retired in Ceremony

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano and Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs (MOVA) Commissioner Terrance C. Holliday, with members of various veteran organizations and American Legion posts, will conduct a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the FDNY Training Academy – Building 1 on Randall’s Island.

“I am honored as an American, a veteran and a member of the FDNY to be participating in this ceremony,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. “As we retire these flags we are renewing the values for which they stand, flying bright, new colors where they once waved.”

 “In all my years, including a few decades of military service, this is my first retirement of our national flag. It is by far the most recognized symbol of democracy and freedom,” said Commissioner Holliday, “This is truly a memorable moment to me.”

The ceremony will be led by the FDNY color guard and the ceremonial unit, and will include the ceremonial retirement of approximately 70 United States, five City of New York and several POW/MIA flags. Flag Day activities have included retiring unserviceable flags since 1937, as a way of publicly displaying honor and respect for the emblem. The retirement of flags is dictated by the United States “Flag Code,” which includes instruction and rules on the display and use of the flag by civilians, how to show respect for the flag, as well as the Pledge of Allegiance.

Further information on the American Legion is available at:
The “Flag Code” is available at:


Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; MOVA Commissioner Terrance C. Holliday; American Legion former National Commander Fang Wong, New York County Commander Sean Powers and Queens County Commander Frank Weldon; United War Veterans’ Council of New York Chairman Vincent McGowan; and many other veterans, FDNY members, and their families.


FDNY Training Academy –Building 1, Randall’s Island


Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 10 a.m.


Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Elisheva Zakheim, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056


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