By Gina Martinez
State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) honored Daniel Kim, a captain in the United States Marine Corps, after his return from a recent tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Kim, also a Queens native and an NYPD police officer in the 111th Precinct, was called back into active duty and began his tour in November 2016 and finished in June.
The assemblyman thanked the captain for his service and praised the sacrifices and hardships that he and all other members of the military have endured on behalf of all Americans.
In return, Capt. Kim presented a distinctive American flag to the assemblyman, which was flown during combat operations in his time in Afghanistan. The flag was accompanied by a certification saying it was flown by Sgt. Tyler M. Miles, of the Marine Corps, over the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 2. Kim acknowledged the assemblyman’s years of public service on behalf of his community when presenting the flag.
Ron Kim said he was thrilled to welcome back hometown hero Capt. Kim from his latest tour of duty in Afghanistan. Kim said it is difficult to overstate the bravery and dedication that he and other members of the military show each and every day to protect the rights and freedoms of all Americans.
“Danny grew up in our local community, and is an NYPD officer in the same neighborhoods he was raised in – his hard work and sacrifices exemplify the very best of Flushing, Queens, and New York,” Ron Kim said. “My family and I are truly honored to be presented with this American combat flag from his tour of duty.”
Capt. Kim said it was powerful to see the amazing work community leaders continue to provide to a place we call home.
“It’s a blessing to be afforded the opportunity to have continued this service abroad in Afghanistan,” he said. “Witnessing the dedication to duty of service members, my thoughts and prayers go out to all those abroad who are protecting our nation’s freedom. I feel fortunate to have returned home safely. I thank Assemblyman Kim for the support and attention he has shown to those who serve and protect all members of our community.”
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