D-Day survivor flies at City Hall
June 7, 2002
A tattered U.S. flag that survived the invasion of Normandy flew from Aspen City Hall Thursday in memory of D-Day and one city employee’s father, who took part in the World War II battle.
Denis Murray, plans examiner in the city’s Community Development Department, provided the flag. It belonged to his late father, Peter, who landed with the Allied troops at Normandy on June 6, 1944.
The elder Murray, who died last year, flew the flag on each anniversary of D-Day. His son is carrying on the tradition.
“He asked me last year, before he died, if I would fly the flag on June 6,” Denis said. “I don’t have a flagpole at home, so I figured I’d try it here.”
Denis received permission to have the flag displayed from the second-floor spot where a U.S. flag is flown daily at City Hall.
The well-worn flag flew from the landing craft that deposited Peter Murray and fellow troops on the French coastline. He served in the U.S. Navy and survived the epic invasion uninjured.
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