American flag to fly over Vallejo’s Mare Island once more

The American flag will once again fly proudly in front of the Mare Island Hospital, Touro University California officials have announced.

Around 10:30 a.m. Friday, various dignitaries will be on hand to watch the raising of the flag — the first American flag since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks — to be flown on Mare Island.

The event will feature the raising of the flag originally flown over the U.S. Capitol, donated by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson of the 5th Congressional District, who is also the keynote speaker at the dedication, officials added.

Zachary Landau, a College of Osteopathic Medicine student, spearheaded the effort to refurbished the actual flag pole so it could fly a flag again.

“Patriotism is something that should be felt on our campus. It is pride. It is purpose,” he said in a university press release.

Landau is also an officer in the United States Navy Reserve.

Following the raising of the flag by the Navy Color Guard, U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Steven Powel of San Jose will sing the “Star Spangled Banner,” officials said.

“With our history on Mare Island and our many graduates serving the country here and abroad, we need the flag flown,” he added in the same release. “The time is overdue for Touro to do the same.”

“The American flag is recognized as a symbol of freedom, hope, and valor,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro Western Division, in the same university press release. “This is about our veterans and those who served our country. I commend our campus and community for their commitment to restore and resurrect the flag on Mare Island.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.tu.edu.

Contact John Glidden at 707-553-6832.