KINGSTON – Jim Walsh, the World War II veteran who has been waging a campaign for patriotism, Wednesday presented plaques to 20 businesses for displaying the American flag daily.
Walsh made the presentations – called the Citation of Appreciation Award – during a brief ceremony at the Kingston American Legion Post 395 Wednesday afternoon.
Hopefully your example will inspire other institutions to do the same, Walsh said. A patriot is one who loves and zealously supports one's own country. We must display and protect our flag at all costs.
Walsh said the flag is a symbol of our national unity.
Why isn't the flag flying from every rooftop and from every home and building? Walsh asked.
A veteran of World War II, Walsh, 87, said displaying the flag is an old-fashioned way of showing patriotism.
And it shows a burning devotion to the principles and ideals upon which our country was founded, he said.
Walsh held the program two days before the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Americans rallied then like no other time in our history, Walsh said. The American people rose together as a nation . . . displaying our flag from every factory, home and building.
• A&A Auto Parts, Market Street, Kingston
• Burger King, Wyoming Avenue, Kingston
• Corner Post F.C.U., South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre
• Fashion Floor, Market Street, Kingston
• Ford Motor Co., Market Street, Kingston
• Jewelcor, Pennsylvania Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre
• Keefer's Army Navy, Wyoming Avenue, Kingston
• Kniffen-O'Malley Funeral Home, South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre
• Lincoln Plaza Housing, East Market Street, Wilkes-Barre
• McDonald's Restaurant, Pennsylvania Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre
• Park Avenue Towers, Dana Street, Wilkes-Barre
• PNC Bank, Route 11, Edwardsville
• Pennstar Bank, Market Street, Kingston
• Petroleum Service Co., South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre
• St. Luke's Villa, East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre
• St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church, South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre
• The Times Leader, North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre