Burial flags fly high

Jo Ann Murphy and members of the late John F. Moran's family raise his flag to fly for the month of August in Vineyard Haven. - Brian Dowd

A new flag is flying at the American Legion Post 257 in Tisbury, in honor of the late John F. Moran, a U.S. Navy veteran. 

Commander of Post 257 Jo Ann Murphy came up with a creative way to honor Vineyard resident veterans by flying their burial flags for one month. Those interested in flying the flag in a loved one’s memory can put their name, branch of service, and when they served on the white binding of the flag. Call Murphy at 508-693-4030.

On Saturday, Kate Kretschmann raised the flag of her father to fly for the month of August. She told The Times her father served in the Pacific during World War II. Before his service, he helped build submarines.

Military service runs deep in Kretschmann’s family, as she served as an Air Force captain, and her husband, Peter Kretschmann, served in the German Navy. 

In July, Post 257 flew the flag of Joseph O’Brien, who also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.


  1. Fantastic Jo Ann and the VH American Legion Post 257! it is so refreshing to see true “Patriotism” if not in our country anymore we still have veterans and their families on our island that still love and believe in our country.
    Great and honorable idea for the Legion’s beautiful brand new flag pole!

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