COBLESKILL, N.Y. — A 92-year-old World War II veteran gets special attention from Cobleskill students after his American flag went missing from his garage.
Howard Coger has lived close to SUNY Cobleskill for several decades and has proudly displayed an American flag on the front of his garage.
Beverly Romain, Coger's youngest child and her siblings currently work at the university.
Romain's sister asked the young men across the street if they knew anything about the missing flag, after answering no, they decided to help.
"They were upset about the whole situation," Romain said. "These men made a new flag pole, hand crafted, and proceeded to mount it on my Dad's garage."
The students later asked about the military branch Coger had served in, and said they would try to obtain Army and Air Force flags for him, as well. After thanking the young men and shaking their hands, Coger reflected that "the path they are going is the right path, and they will go far in life."
Coger passed away December 19. The family stayed grateful that in the last days of their fathers life, he experienced the kindness of five young strangers who took the time to offer a meaningful deed in recognition of his life and dedication to his country.