Showing the Flag

Touro University California student Landau rallies to restore historic landmark

August 24, 2015
Zachary Landau
Zachary Landau

Built in 1869, the hospital campus and shipyard has served tens of thousands of sailors throughout every world war and conflict until 1996. Atop the 100-foot Mare Island flagpole, made of steel and built to resemble the masts of the great ships of the U.S. Navy, proudly flew the American flag. In need of renovations, the flag was last raised on September 11, 2002.

Thanks to Landau’s steadfastness, on May 15, from that flagpole Old Glory will once soar anew. Fittingly, Landau is not only a student. He also happens to be an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

“Patriotism is something that should be felt on our campus,” says Landau, who will graduate in 2016. "It is pride. It is purpose. With our history on Mare Island, and our many graduates serving the country here and abroad, we need the flag flown. From kindergarten to college, every school I have attended has raised a flag.”

Landau is proud to proclaim that Touro California continues that tradition.