Pride month is here and New York City’s largest-ever LGBTQ flag will be installed on the steps of FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island on June 14th, one day before the park’s World Pride celebration. Entitled “Ascend With Pride,” the flag-designed installation, will measure 12 feet by 100 feet and is intended, according to Four Freedoms Park, “to celebrate the progress that’s been made over the past 50 years, and to shine a light on the LGBTQ community’s continued fight for the universal human rights articulated in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech: freedom of speech & expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.”
The Ascend with Pride flag will be located on the main staircase. Photo by B. Koch, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy
FDR Four Freedoms Park will also be hosting a Sunset Gala this Thursday, June 6th from 5 to 8 PM, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Music and cocktails will accompany remarks by Lieutenant General Stayce D. Harris, United States Air Force (Retired), Major General James A. “Spider” Marks, United States Army (Retired), Brigadier General Timothy J. LaBarge, Chief of Staff, New York Air National Guard, and World War II Veterans, Lieutenant (j.g.) Robert M. Pennoyer, United States Naval Reserve and Lieutenant (j.g.) Wynn Handman (expected to attend), United States Coast Guard.
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