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  • American flag that flew over Guantanamo Bay donated to city

  • An American flag that once flew over Guantanamo Bay Naval Base has been donated to the city of Little Falls.

    Little Falls residents and members of the 107th Military Police of the New York National Guard Sgt. John Daley and Specialist Branden Demeree recently returned from a year’s tour of duty at the base.

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  • An American flag that once flew over Guantanamo Bay Naval Base has been donated to the city of Little Falls.
    Little Falls residents and members of the 107th Military Police of the New York National Guard Sgt. John Daley and Specialist Branden Demeree recently returned from a year’s tour of duty at the base.
    “During our time in Cuba, we were given the opportunity to acquire American flags that had been flown over the base for nine minutes and 11 seconds as a memorial to the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks on New York City,” Daley said during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Common Council.
    He added in addition to memorializing the men, women and children killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, the flags serve as a reminder as to why the military commissions are convening at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Daley said his unit’s assignment in Cuba was to attend the hearings of the suspected mastermind behind the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole — which took the lives of 17 American sailors — as well as five detainees thought to be responsible for planning the 9/11 attacks.
    “We were able to obtain one of these commemorative American flags and have donated it to the city of Little Falls to be placed at the veterans war memorial in Eastern Park,” he said.
    The donation of the commemorative flag was met with applause from the members of the public in attendance for Tuesday night’s meeting, as well as from the members of the Common Council.
    “It’s an honor to be able to receive this flag from two soldiers who call Little Falls home,” Mayor Robert Peters said as he tanked Daley and Demeree for their service. “The American flag is a powerful symbol and a unifying symbol, and I humbly accept this donation on behalf of the city of Little Falls.”
    Daley added it was the 107th Military Police that was the first New York National Guard unit called into service at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack on New York City.
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