Third Veteran of Yorktown Family Honored in Flag Ceremony

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – An Honor Flag ceremony for Charles Ostling, a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II, was held June 4 at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field.

Town officials and the family came to the event in addition to several members of the American Legion of Yorktown.

Lois Ostling, sister-in-law of Charles Ostling, said she read about the program through this newspaper and said this is the third veteran of her family that they have honored. Previously, they honored her father and husband. Her brother-in-law, nicknamed “Freddy," lost his life in a plane accident June 6, 1965, while testing planes to go overseas. Lois Ostling’s daughter, Jeanette Corbi, accompanied her to the event

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“It’s wonderful to honor our veterans,” Corbi said. “We don’t do enough for our veterans.”

Gerald Knapp said the program was started a year ago. A flag is flown every three weeks in honor of a different veteran with a certificate below for people read about them. Some families choose to keep the flags and some prefer to have them retired. This year’s flag retirement ceremony was held Saturday, June 11.

“Part of our mission is to preserve the memories of those veterans that served before us,” Knapp said.

Anybody interested in having a burial flag flown can call Carl DiLiberto, chairman of the Honor Flag program, at 914-510-2975..

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