To the moon and beyond

Brooklyn Heights

To the moon and beyond

How can you top the moon? George Wahlert, director of the Medical Library at SUNY Downstate at Long Island College Hospital, did just that by donating a very special gift — a ceremonial flag — on June 14. George has been collecting Apollo 11 (you know, the one where they safely landed men on the moon and returned them to earth) mission memorabilia for a very long time. His dad, who unfortunately is no longer with us, presented the grand old flag — which flew in Wapakoneta, Ohio in honor of the homecoming of astronaut Neil Armstrong (“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”) — to George as a birthday gift. The special flag will now wave in its permanent home at the hospital.

Students from PS 15 made the Flag Day presentation even more special by serenading visitors with a rousing rendition of patriotic songs. Our pal George donated the flag in honor of his dad and his mom, and to commemorate his 25 years of service at the hospital.

Standing O says, “Long may she wave.”

And thanks, George.

SUNY Downstate Long Island College Hospital [397 Hicks St. at Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 780–1000].

More from Around New York