As his father’s flag unfurled and started its dignified ride to the top of the flagpole, Harvey Shiner was surprised at how big it was. Since Hy Shiner’s funeral in 2003, the flag had stayed, ritually folded, in a triangular keepsake case.
The flag will stay at South Florida National Cemetery west of Boynton Beach, on a pole that Harvey Shiner donated to the cemetery in his father’s name. Shiner, a retired textile and construction executive, is a member of the suburban Boynton Beach Valencia Pointe Men’s Club, 300 strong, which has now donated 16 flagpoles to the Avenue of Flags at the military cemetery. The men’s club, which supports a number of veterans activities, including monthly Bingo games, hospital visits, clothing and food drives, pays for the flagpoles, $250 each, through fundraisers and out of its treasury.
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