Fisher House to receive USS Intrepid flag

By Staff Report

A former crew member of the USS Intrepid will present a flag flown on the ship to the St. Louis Fisher House, 1 Jefferson Barracks Road, during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Concord resident Alan W. Boyce, who served on the USS Intrepid-CVA-11 for four years, will present the flag and a plaque to Fisher House representatives.

Since opening in July 2010, the St. Louis Fisher House has served as a home away from home for several hundred families of veterans receiving care at the nearby Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The late Zachary Fisher and his wife, Elizabeth, founded the Fisher House Foundation, after Pauline Trost, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Carlisle Trost, made the Fishers aware of the need for temporary lodging facilities for families at major military medical centers.

The Fishers personally dedicated more than $20 million to the construction of comfort homes for families of hospitalized military personnel.

In 1978, Fisher founded the campaign to save the historic and battle-scarred World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid from the scrap yard and transform it into America’s largest naval museum. The ship became the center of New York City’s Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, which hosts nearly 1 million visitors annually.

More than 50 Fisher Houses now operate across the United States. Each time a new one opens, a flag flown on the Intrepid is presented to the Fisher House by the Intrepid Former Crew Member Association.