Burke Tangren also continues to fly one on his Volkswagen, despite the fact that Ruth asked him to stop when he fell in the street trying to pick it up after it fell from his car.
The couple was recently honored by the Bountiful Breakfast Exchange Club with the “Proudly We Hail,” award, a national Exchange Club award honoring Americans who display the flag properly and regularly.
The couple was given a flag and a plaque and were thanked for their service.
Burke Tangren, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force and a 38-year resident of Bountiful, and his wife Ruth, received the award at the club’s annual summer barbecue at Eggett Park.
Burke Tangren, is “an all around good guy with a heart of gold toward his fellow man,” said Bountiful Breakfast Exchange Club past president Leon Thurgood. “He has proudly and effectively served his country with distinction.”
Tangren, who graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in accounting, was also a 2nd lieutenant in the first ROTC graduating class.
Through his career in the Air Force, he was assigned to a number of bases where he worked in auditors offices.
After retiring, he was hired by the state of Utah where he served as the chief of disbursements from 1974 until 1994.
Burke Tangren shared a remark he made to Ruth while they were watching television, which Thurgood said served as an example of Burke Tangren’s love for the United States. Seeing a gigantic flag displayed on the screen, Burke Tangren said, “That’s the kind of flag I want on my grave.”
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