Pittsburgh celebrates Flag Day


PITTSBURGH - Flag Day was observed Saturday during ceremonies throughout Pittsburgh.

The borough of Carnegie and the VFW Post 331 kicked off their Honor a Veteran Flag Services at the Carnegie Borough Building. The services, which pay tribute to deceased veterans, will be held every second Saturday of the month throughout the summer and fall.

On Saturday, the flag of deceased Korean War veteran Harry W. "Smitty" Smith, who served as the chief of police of Carnegie from 1976 to 1987, was presented back to his family after having been flown for two weeks.

Harry Smith’s wife, Patricia Jean Smith, said, "He would have been so proud and so excited that people thought enough of him to do this for him."

Meanwhile, about 140 eighth grade students were recognized for their good citizenship and achievements in history at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh. The students were recognized during the 86th Flag Day Ceremony.

The Fort Pitt Museum celebrated Flag Day with an event that featured a sing-along to “The Star-Spangled Banner” with colonial reenactors. The event was part of the Smithsonian Institution's "Anthem for America" initiative.