Thanks to one local Congressman, Community Board 11 will no longer be flying an outdated flag.
The flag that had previously graced the front of CB 11’s meeting room had evidently been made prior to 1959, when Alaska and Hawaii became our 49th and 50th states.
“It only has 48 stars!” Board Chairman Bill Guarinello told the Brooklyn Eagle.
The board, which meets at the Holy Family Home (1740 84th St.) needed an update going into 2012 – the current flag’s 54th year.
Guarinello had mentioned the grand old flag to Rep. Michael Grimm, who works alongside the chairman on the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee – a group of local businessman and officials lobbying to keep the military base open.
Several months later, Grimm came through with a flag snagged straight from Washington D.C., not to mention flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in honor of CB 11 board members’ contribution to local civic life.
The new flag was officially presented at a January 12, meeting.
“This flag was specially flown over the U.S. Capitol for Community Board 11. It was flown on Dec. 1, 2011,” said Liam McCabe, an aide to Congressman Grimm as he made the presentation.