From the Queens Chronicle:
Flags of 22 different nations fly on the awning of the Family Food Farm grocery store at 94-01 63 Dr. in Rego Park. Old Glory is not one of them.
And that is something Vietnam War veteran George Gardner, 66, of Rego Park finds “ridiculous” — though many passersby and even store employees have never even noticed the lack of the Stars and Stripes.
“It’s astonishing that you can have flags of 22 different nations on your store but not one of them is the American flag,” Gardner said. “It’s just ridiculous.”
Andy Lee, a manager at Family Food Farm, has been working at the grocery store for the past five months, and he did not realize the American flag was missing from the awning.
“There really isn’t an American one?” Lee inquired as he walked outside to look at the row of flags. “I don’t even look up there most of the time; I didn’t know.”
Lee also said that if a customer would donate an American flag to the store, he would have no problem adding it to the rooftop collection.
“If someone wants to bring a flag here and we have space for it, I’ll put it up there,” he said.
However, Gardner claims to have already made such an offer.
“I went to the store and offered to pay for a flag,” he said. “It’s a fantastic store and I understand they’re busy, but they just said ‘Yeah, yeah’ and that was it.”
Lee said he hadn’t known about Gardner’s concerns.
“I’ve never heard of anything like that,” he said.