Changing of the Colors ceremony held
MOUNT CARMEL - The Mount Carmel Area Joint Veterans Committee held its 456th "Changing of the Colors" flag ceremony at the flag pole at the Susquehanna Bank July 20, in honor and memory of a veteran of the Cold War era.
Leonard Bourinski was born in Shamokin March 22, 1936, a son of Anthony and Florence (Griscavage) Bourinski. He was a 1953 graduate of Shamokin High School.
Bourinski enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Aug. 14, 1953, in Philadephia and was honorably discharged as a corporal Aug. 13, 1956, at Pendleton, Calif. Serving in Korea, he received the following medals: National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Total service to his country was three years of which foreign service was one year, three days.
He was married to the former Joyce Shaffer, who preceded him in death.
Bourinski retired after 30 years from Ship Parts Control Center, Mechanicsburg, and later worked at an airport in Florida refueling planes. He was of the Catholic faith.
Bourinski died Feb. 27, 2014, and is buried at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. He is survived by a son, daughter, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister.
The flag that was flown for the past month was in honor and memory of John Leonard Polites, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Taps was sounded on the bugle by Larry Latsko as the flag was lowered by Anthony Candelora. The flag was folded by Walter Summers and Candelora and was presented to Polites' brother, Leon.
Lisa Reed, Bourinski's daughter, presented his flag to Summers and the flag was raised by Candelora as the national anthem was played. David Berezovske read the military records of both veterans. The ceremony ended with a silent salute to all veterans. Summers thanked the families and those in attendance for their participation.
The American flag was carried by Kealy and the rifle escort was provided by Kealy and Latsko. Also participating in the ceremony was Connie Andrews.
The Susquehanna Bank was thanked for displaying Bourinski's name on its message board.
The next flag ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Second and Oak streets. Area veterans and the public are invited to attend.