2014-07-05 / News

Special flag serves as memorial


Emporium Mayor Bruno Carnovale was among those paying tribute to three American soldiers who lost their lives in service to their country in Afghanistan. The flag remains on display at Jimmer’s Bargains until close of business on Saturday (today). Emporium Mayor Bruno Carnovale was among those paying tribute to three American soldiers who lost their lives in service to their country in Afghanistan. The flag remains on display at Jimmer’s Bargains until close of business on Saturday (today). A Cameron County soldier returned from Afghanistan carrying a flag from his unit.

It sat in the same box for years, until this past week.

The flag has great significance to its owner, who has asked to remain anonymous. It bears the name of three of his brothers-in-arms who died in a mission.

The soldier approached businessman Jim Quinn about flying the flag outside of his business in Emporium and inviting area veterans to stop and sign their names and branch of service to this special memorial.

One by one veterans have been stopping at Jimmer’s Bargains at East Fourth Street and using the felt-tip marker to affix their signatures near the names of those who did not return to their hometowns.

Proper flag etiquette calls for Americans to refrain from marking the Stars and Stripes with any writing, symbols or other markings. However, this flag is different. It’s all that the local soldier has to remind him of three Americans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, he explained.

At the end of the business day on Saturday (today), the flag will be returned to its owner. Quinn encourages area veterans to stop and see the flag and – if they’re comfortable – to add their own signatures.

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