Veteran George Johnston Recognized at Hampton Bays

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United States Navy and Naval Reserve veteran George Johnston was the honoree at the June 13 flag ceremony and 28th annual Flag Day Celebration at Hampton Bays Elementary School.

His wife, Joan, represented the longtime Hampton Bays resident, who passed away in 2011, at the special event. His flag will fly at the elementary school all summer, according to Hampton Bays District Superintendent Lars Clemensen.

The former Hand-Aldrich Post Commander and Vice Commander of the Fifth Division of the American Legion and his wife were married for nearly 60 years. The World War II veteran served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of Operations and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Atlantic Theater Campaign Medal and the Victory WWII medal. After moving to Hampton Bays in 1972, Mr. Johnston became extremely active in the community. He was member of the Irish American Society, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Rosalie.

During the ceremony, members of the Class of 2024 welcomed a large audience and read from his biography. The children also led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and many spirited patriotic songs.

Those present for the celebration included New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and a representative from Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman’s office. Additionally, members of Mr. Johnston’s family, as well as representatives from the American Legion Hand-Aldrich Post 924 and VFW Post 5350, were in attendance. A heroes’ luncheon was served after the ceremony.