Hazleton Fire Honors the Red White and Blue

HAZLETON, Pa. -- It was a celebration of the stars and stripes and the freedoms that come with it at City View Park in Hazleton.

People saluted a large flag flown between two fire trucks during the city's Flag Day ceremony.

"When you look at the flag and you honor the flag, it represents the freedoms that we enjoy every day. It also represents those who fought for our country who gave us this freedom," said Hazleton Fire Chief Donald Leshko.

The Woodman Life Insurance Group Chapter 390 in Hazleton presented the fire company with a large American flag. The nonprofit group donates American flags to youth groups, churches, and service members.

More than three million flags have been donated by the organization since the late 1940s.

"It represents the thousands of Americans who lost their lives to give us the ability to do something like this today and stand here in freedom and do something like this," said Gerald Gelgot, Woodman Life Group.

"It is such a heartwarming thing and they have come through donating American flags and we can't say thank you enough," said Chief Leshko.

The Hazleton City Fire Department honors an American Flag every day before their shift. They plan to use the larger flags for special occasions and remembrances.

"It is a 15-foot by 25-foot flag so it definitely will adorn any event we can use it and the bottom line is to show the freedoms that our country enjoys each day and we never forget the freedoms that we have," the chief added.

The fire department plans to display the flag during the city's 4th of July celebrations.

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