DERBY >> There will be no shortage of stars and stripes in downtown Derby anytime soon.
That’s because several donations of Old Glory poured into City Hall Thursday, courtesy of several local veterans’ groups, citizens and others who were aghast at the condition of the tattered and torn flags that had been flying along Main and Elizabeth streets.
The 25, flags, 2 feet by 3 feet, that were hung from black lightposts downtown prior to Memorial Day had experienced lots of wear and tear in just a few short months. Mayor Anita Dugatto said Public Works Director Anthony DeFala regularly checks the flags, and the city was planning to remove them.
The removal, however, came sooner than later, when Vietnam veteran Robert L. Federico, a Derby resident, expressed outrage to city officials upon seeing the condition of the flags. Federico was at the Derby Senior Center earlier this week when someone brought in a flag found on the ground that was ripped to shreds.
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