Last week, the Queens Chronicle reported that the American flag flying over the memorial for soldiers killed in action at Charles Park in Howard Beach was in terrible condition.
A reader, Robert Morrissey of Howard Beach, had sent us a photo, inset, of the flag torn to shreds. Old Glory was badly damaged in Hurricane Sandy and subsequent storms.
The National Park Service, which oversees the park and the memorial, responded to the story and changed the flag on Friday, according to Daphne Yun, a spokeswoman for the NPS.
By dawn’s early light on Saturday, a brand-new, vibrantly colored star-spangled banner was billowing in the bayfront breeze.