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MASSENA - Christmas came a day early for members of Amvets Post 4.

Navy Lt. Megan E. Romigh visited the post on Christmas Eve to give them a flag that flew over her compound in Afghanistan on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“As a native New Yorker, I thought it was important to do something patriotic on our base,” she said. “I was proud to bring the flag home and make the New York connection.”

Lt. Romigh said at one time she had three of the flags, but after giving one to the Amvets and another to a colleague in the Marines, she now is left with one flag that hangs on the wall in her law office in Norfolk, Va., where she serves as an attorney for the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps.

“It meant a lot to me to be stationed there on the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, so I purchased a couple of flags and enlisted the help of a couple of friends who wanted to do the same kind of thing,” she said, adding she served in Afghanistan from August 2011 to February 2012.

She said she made the decision to join the Navy after graduating from the law school at American University in Washington D.C.

“I decided in law school that was the path for me,” she said. “I’ve had the opportunity to serve my country both through litigating and providing station command, which I did in Afghanistan.”

Amvets Post 4 Commander Francis “Bud” Byington said he heard about the gift after Lt. Romight reached out to the post, where her brother David is a member.

“She notified us and said she had something for us,” Mr. Byington recalled. “It was a nice flag that flew over her compound in Afghanistan.”

When asked on Friday where the flag was, Mr. Byington laughed and said, “It’s on my desk right now, but it won’t be there for long.”

He said the lodge has commissioned someone to build a flag holder to hold their one-of-a-kind gift.

Once that is complete, he said, “We’re going to put it right in the showcase.”

As a thank you for the flag, Mr. Byington said the post presented Lt.. Romigh with a cap and a membership to the Amvets.

“The Amvets really appreciate what she’s doing as a veteran for our country, and her gift will make a nice addition to the club,” he said, adding the entire Massena community should be proud of Lt.. Romigh and her accomplishments.

“Not too many people go as far as she has,” he said.

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