National Honor for Local Fallen Hero – The United States Honor Flag to Arrive Wednesday Morning from Dallas/Fort Worth
U.S. Honor Flag will be flying from Dallas/Ft Worth International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport, Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 1145 AM on American Airlines Flight 1642. This national treasure is coming to honor Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago. Please check aa.com for the most accurate flight information.
Police Officer Melvin Santiago was shot and killed at 4:09 am when he and his partner responded to a robbery call at a 24-hour pharmacy on the corner of Communipaw Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
A male subject had entered the store and assaulted a private security guard. He severely beat the guard and stole his service weapon before robbing the store. Officer Santiago and his partner had just pulled into the parking lot as the man exited the building and opened fire on them. Officer Santiago was struck in the head before he was able to exit from the patrol car’s passenger seat.
Other responding officers returned fire and killed the subject.
Officer Santiago had graduated from the academy only six months prior to the incident.
The USHF first flew during the recovery efforts at ground zero in New York City. Since then it has traveled more than 6 million miles. To over a thousand events to honor fallen firefighters, police officers and members of the United States Armed Forces. Aboard the final NASA Space Shuttle Mission, STS-135 this one flag has circled the earth 215 times.
This one flag has flown with our Nation’s Military, our Nation’s Capitol, over Ground Zero, State Capitols, the Pentagon, Presidential Libraries, State and National Memorials and many funerals and tributes to honor those in
Public Safety and the United States Military, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our communities and country. The United States Honor Flag has become a symbol of honor, rich in history, inspiring a renewed spirit of American patriotism as it has paid tribute to those who have answered the call of duty and gone before us, forever remembered.
The National Coalition of Latino Officers (NCLO) is humbled to partake in the procession scheduled for paying tribute to the sacrifices of one of our own, Jersey City Police Officer and Hispanic American Law Enforcement Association member Melvin Santiago. Since September 2001, the Honor Flag has recognized those individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice our nation and communities. NCLO President Antonio Hernandez, a New Jersey police officer himself state, “We are proud to be part of the Honor Flag’s journey to acknowledge Melvin’s memory. Everyone that has the chance to witness the amazing journey should take pause and remember as Americans we should all be grateful for our freedoms and for those that defend and protect those liberties.”
Hispanic American Law Enforcement Association President Jeffrey Rodriguez of the Jersey City Police Department said, “I have barely left Melvin’s side since Sunday. He would be proud to see how we are honoring his memory and is smiling upon us.”
“Police Officer Melvin Santiago represented everything one would want to see in a police officer,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. “He was a shining star in our community, who pursued his dream of a career in law enforcement and was eager to come to work to protect his community.
The National Coalition of Latino Officers is a nonprofit organization comprised of local and state Latino Police Associations. Our primary mission is to promote and facilitate unity, cooperation and collaboration amongst these organizations in order to have ONE UNITED AND STRONG VOICE. Members of these organizations inherently become NCLO members and are afforded education, training and career development opportunities. Members have an opportunity to network with other members throughout the nation. We act as ambassadors between the community and law enforcement. Working together for a better community. For more information, visit www.latino-officers.org.
ABOUT THE HONOR NETWORK
The Honor Network, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to honoring and memorializing those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their family, community and country and to fostering the education of the American public regarding those heroes, today’s heroes and their organizations including police, fire, and our nation’s military. The Honor Network was founded on the conviction that every person, who is committed in service to our communities and country, deserves the respect and support of every American and in so doing inspires an increase in American patriotism vital to keeping our great nation united. See www.USHonorFlag.org.