Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 in Queens, N.Y., is seeking homes for dozens of burial flags. The chapter accepted the flags on behalf of the more than 125 indigent veterans it helped access proper military funerals, but is running out of room to display them.
In 2008, then-chapter President Pat Toro and member Robert Boisselle formed the Organizational Friends of Indigent Veterans in New York City. The organization works with a local funeral home to accompany each veteran’s hearse to Calverton Cemetery, where it holds a graveside service with Taps and presents a flag to the next of kin.
Current chapter President Manfred Edenhofer hopes to carry on the tradition, in spite of the chapter handling a dwindling number of services. “For the last year, we have not gotten a burial,” Edenhofer told the Queens Chronicle. “Now you can’t tell me that in the last year, no veteran who had no family died in the City of New York.”