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Great Neck’s vets get flag from Capitol

Melvin Sachs, 90, president of the veterans club

Melvin Sachs, 90, president of the veterans club at the Great Neck Senior Center, holds up a flag that once flew above the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.. The Great Neck Lions Club gave Sachs, a veteran of World War II, the flag. (Mar. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Excitement and music filled the air at the Great Neck Senior Center Friday, as the community’s veterans were presented with an American flag that once flew above the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

The flag was presented by the Lions Club of Great Neck after being flown at the Capitol last Nov. 19, according to a declaration accompanying the flag. Lions Club Secretary Fern Weiss said she contacted U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-Bayside, in October about purchasing a flag from the Capitol building, a common practice since a new flag is flown above the building each day.

The Lions Club acquired the flag for $30.

“I was very honored,” said Melvin Sachs, 90, a veteran of World War II. “I’m sure when they go through the ceremony they’ll be very impressed.”

Sachs, who participated in the Normandy invasion and the Battle at Iwo Jiima, is the coordinator of the veterans club at the Great Neck Senior Center.

Barbara Leopold, president of the Lions Club, said the effort began after Lions Club District Governor Ed Lieberman told her about the possibility of acquiring a flag.

“It seemed like a good idea to do,” Leopold said. “These men have so many memories and I think it will mean a great deal to them.”

The veterans club has not yet decided where it will display the flag, although Sachs is certain it will be at the Senior Center.

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