Riverhead Town presented with Blue Star flag to honor soldiers

Riverhead Town Board
TIM GANNON PHOTO | Mike DePaoli of Centereach with the Riverhead Town Board and the Blue Star flag he donated to the town.

Mike DePaoli, a Vietnam Veteran from Centereach, presented the Riverhead Town Board with a Blue Star Flag Tuesday and he asked that it be displayed in Town Hall.

The Blue Star flag was common during World War I and II and was flown outside homes that had a family member serving in active duty, Mr. DePaoli said. The number of stars on the flag indicated how many people from that home were serving.

Homes that had a family member killed in action flew Gold Star flags.

Mr. DePaoli said veterans U.S. wars should not be forgotten, and he has been presenting various towns on Long Island with Blue Star flags, which he asks them to display in honor of the people serving the country.

“Everyday and every hour, 24-7, there is somebody guarding our freedom,” he said.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said the town will display the flag at Town Hall as Mr. DePaoli suggested.

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