In late June, Queens, NY Chapter 32 replaced a World War II veteran’s casket flag after the original was stolen during the funeral service.
Gilbert “Gene” Delawder served in the U.S. Navy during WW II from 1941 to 1945 and piloted a Grumman F6F Hellcat. During his funeral over 10 years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a flag to be used on his casket. It is their policy to only distribute one folded flag to a veteran’s surviving family, so if the flag is stolen or otherwise misplaced, it cannot be replaced.
Delawder’s family approached Chapter 32 with their story, and they were honored to assist in supplying another flag for the family. The flag that Chapter 32 gave to the family featured Delawder’s name.
The family of Gene Delawder expressed their appreciation and sense of peace from the kindness of Chapter 32.