Howard Dunn helped Bay Ridge show its patriotism
Howard Dunn, a World War II veteran who became famous in Bay Ridge for his dedication to veterans’ causes and his patriotic and painstaking efforts to plant hundreds of American flags on sidewalks throughout the neighborhood, died on Sept. 25 after a long illness. He was 88 years old.
Dunn served in the U.S. Navy from March of 1944 to April of 1946.
He was a beloved figure in Bay Ridge, where he lived with Mae, his wife of 68 years. Dunn was a member of the Amity Post of the American Legion and came up with an idea 20 years ago to give the neighborhood a chance to display its patriotism in a unique way.
Dunn, who was known as Howie to his friends, purchased hundreds of American flags and proceeded to plant the flags on the sidewalks in front of stores on Third Avenue, Fifth Avenue and 86th Street, with the permission of the store owners.