Monday, January 21, 2002

Flag from Ky. flown on U.S. carrier




By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — An American flag presented as a gift from the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau to a military group at their reunion here last year wound up in the Arabian Sea flying over the carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

        Albert B. Moore, president of the Mobile Riverine Force Association, recently notified the Convention & Visitors Bureau that the flag was sent to the son of an association member who was on the crew of the Roosevelt, and the flag flew from the mast on Christmas Day.

        “This is a tremendous honor,” said Sheree Allgood, spokesman for the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

        Mr. Moore said the idea came to him at his home in Conover, N.C., as he thought about the World Trade Center disaster and read about flags that had flown over the World Trade Center site being sent to different military bases and ships.

        The association has held several reunions at the Drawbridge Estates in Fort Mitchell. The Mobile Riverine Force Association is a Navy and Army association made up of the men who fought on the rivers in Vietnam, and has about 9,000 members.

        “At each reunion, the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau has always presented us with a flag with a certificate stating what day it was flown over the nation's Capitol,” Mr. Moore said.

        He said in the past the flags had flown over the hotels where the reunions took place, and “in a couple of cases we were able to send the flag to the spouse of a Mobile Riverine Force Association member who had just lost a loved one and wanted a flag for burial ceremonies.”

        Mr. Moore said he felt this latest flag should receive some other honor. Mr. Moore contacted officers on the USS Roosevelt and was told to send the flag.

        “On Christmas Day 2001, while on operations in the Arabian Sea, the flag was flown in all her glory in honor of the Mobile Riverine Force Association and the folks of Northern Kentucky,” Mr. Moore said.

       



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