Donated Flags Will Fly at All UA Home Games in Tribute for Those Who Served
Written By Anthony Victor Reyes and Written By Angelique Lizarde
Posted: Sep 03, 2015 4:27 PM
The University of Arizona will fly a different flag at each UA football home game to honor the men and women who served the United States.
Former Wildcat John Melichar recently donated his father’s internment flag to the organization, Flags for the Flagless. He donated the flag so his father’s courage and sacrifice can be remembered forever.
“It feels good to help somebody else get closure to a previous experience or loss of a loved one,” said Melichar.
Flags for the Flagless teamed up with the University of Arizona to fly one internment flag at each of the six home football games this season. The flag that will be raised in the first home game of the season belonged to Melichar’s father, Ancell Melichar.
“I kept it for a long time and memories associated with my father who served in the Army,” said Melichar. “He was over in Germany when they were building the Berlin Wall.”
The Tucson resident said he is honored to take part in this opportunity to remember his father’s bravery and bring the community closer.
The University of Arizona will be giving two tickets to the family whose flag is flying for that night’s game.