Flags to fly at half staff in honor of Yogi Berra (Tribute photos, video)
All New Jersey state buildings will fly flags at half staff next Tuesday in memory of Yogi Berra, who died Tuesday of this week.
In an executive order calling for the honor, and mourning the death Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, Gov. Chris Christie noted the Yankees Hall of Famer's military service and multifaceted life — saying he was "a World War II veteran, Major League baseball player, coach, philosopher, and longtime resident of Montclair, New Jersey."
"In 1943, Yogi Berra traded his minor league baseball uniform for a Navy uniform and bravely defended our country as a machine gunner on the USS Bayfield during the D-Day invasion at Normandy," the proclamation notes.
It honors his time with the Yankees, with whom he won 10 World Series Championships while playing for the Yankees. It also notes he appeared in fifteen All-Star Games, and won three American League Most Valuable Player awards.
“Yogi Berra was a national treasure and a baseball legend," Christie said in an announcement of the executive order. "Yogi's achievements as a catcher, clutch hitter, manager and coach have inspired generations of ballplayers. His military service and his service to New Jersey, especially the sportsmanship programming he brought to the Little Falls museum that bears his name, are sterling examples of his citizenship."
He continued: "Yogi's lasting legacy is how he lived his life: as a family man and a Yankee, with warm humor, unpretentiousness and integrity. On behalf of the people of New Jersey, Mary Pat and I extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Berra family.”