Katko Presents Naval Flag to Palmyra Historic Preservation Commission

    By on November 18, 2015
    • Rep. John Katko presents two-star rear admiral flag form the Naval Historical Foundation to Merilee Sampson Fisk, great-great niece of Palmyra native and Civil War and Spanish American War hero, Rear Admiral William T. Sampson.

    Flag Honors Palmyra Native, Civil War and Spanish America War Hero, Rear Admiral Sampson

    At a ceremony this afternoon at Palmyra Village Hall, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) presented the Village of Palmyra Historic Preservation Commission with a two-star rear admiral’s flag on behalf of the Department of the Navy and the Naval Historical Foundation.

    Earlier this year, Representative Katko was contacted by the Palmyra Historic Preservation Commission for assistance in obtaining a replacement two-star rear admiral’s flag from the U.S. Navy. Over a century ago, a flag was presented to the Village of Palmyra by the Department of Navy upon the 1902 death of Palmyra native and Civil War and Spanish American War hero, Rear Admiral William T. Sampson. Representative Katko was able to contact the Department of the Navy and the Naval Historical Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and commemorating the Navy’s history, to receive a replacement flag.

    “With this flag, the Village of Palmyra will be able to revive a tradition dating back to over a century ago, when the village flew a similar flag in the years following the death of Rear Admiral Sampson,” said U.S. Rep. John Katko at today’s ceremony. “This flag highlights the special naval heritage of the Town and Village of Palmyra, and it is my distinct pleasure to provide it to the Rear Admiral Sampson’s great-great niece, Merilee Sampson Fisk.”

    “This replacement Admiral Sampson Flag will revive Village tradition,” said Eleanor Drake, Chair of the Palmyra Historic Preservation Commission. “We are so very grateful to Congressman Katko for his assistance in helping us obtain a replacement flag, and to the Naval Historical Foundation for donating the flag.”

    Assemblyman Bob Oaks joined Katko in today’s presentation, stating, “Wayne County is rich in history, and I thank Congressman Katko for his efforts in assisting our community and helping to preserve and showcase the accomplishments of our past. This flag will nicely complement all of the ongoing efforts by the Palmyra Historic Preservation Commission to enhance and protect the landmarks and history of the Village of Palmyra.”

    The great-great niece of Admiral Sampson, Merilee Sampson Fisk, was present to receive the flag. In addition members of the Palmyra Preservation Commission, Representative Katko was joined today by Assemblyman Bob Oaks (130th District), Town of Palmyra Supervisor Kenneth Miller, Deputy Mayor of the Village of Palmyra David Husk, Members of the Village Board, as well as the combined Color/Honor Guard from the Palmyra American Legion and VFW.

    Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and a portion of Oswego County. For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.

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