2005 - 1ST Philly Flag Soldier
I began with a quick phone call to a former boss of mine who was once Managing Director of the city as well as CEO of the School District of Philadelphia. If anyone could point me in the right direction, it was Phil Goldsmith. As soon I as told Phil what I was looking for he connected me to a city rep, who coincidentally was in the midst of discussions with Brenda Exon aka the "Philly Pride Lady" on developing ideas to get the word out that a "City of Philadelphia" municipal flag exists. I had a "Philly Flag" to ship to my son within a few weeks! We received it during a special ceremony in City Council Chambers with a citation presented by the honorable Juan Ramos. The very next day, I shipped the precious flag to my son in Iraq and he took it with him wherever he went while he served in the US Army. The Philly Flag was with Tony during both of his tours in Iraq and in Germany and Fort Gordon, GA in between tours.
In June 2011, my son retired from the Army as a Staff Sergeant. The Philly Flag is folded and in a special wooden display case with a brass plate, that says "Specialist Anthony Fusetti - First Philly Flag Soldier". This special flag and the memories that come with it will always remind our family of the special people in the City of Brotherly Love who helped a guy from Philly - so far away from home and in a war zone - feel the comfort and love of home!
Debbie Fusetti Proud Mother of a U.S. Army Veteran