Ziggy: The Passing of an Icon

 
Video Still Credit: Palin Smith

Known to the residents of Connecticut as Ziggy the Flagman, Zeqir Berisha passed on Christmas Day. An immigrant from communist Kosovo, Zeqir adopted and loved this country. In Connecticut, Ziggy was an absolute icon of America.

Some misunderstood both his passion for this country and his fear of encroaching communism — a passion and a fear that refugees from Marxist states often show. Others however, a bit more deplorable, understood these perfectly. And this polarizing presence is what made him an icon.

I expect his wake Sunday to be accompanied by a display of flag bearing crowds usually reserved for the passing of a beloved politician. And I also expect there to be an outpouring of condolences and offerings from Connecticut refugees across the nation.

Requiescas in pace, Zeqir: Patriot, Icon, American.

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There are 17 comments.

  1. Boss Mongo Member

    RIP, Ziggy.

    • #1
    • December 29, 2018, at 10:06 AM PDT
    • 9 likes
  2. Kevin Schulte Member

    Thank you for your contribution Ziggy. 

    • #2
    • December 29, 2018, at 10:18 AM PDT
    • 6 likes
  3. Songwriter Member

    Funny how folks who have seen communism up close and personal are almost always the most fervent anti-communists.

    • #3
    • December 29, 2018, at 10:45 AM PDT
    • 20 likes
  4. tigerlily Member

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    Funny how folks who have seen communism up close and personal are almost always the most fervent anti-communists.

    Ain’t that the truth!

    • #4
    • December 29, 2018, at 12:25 PM PDT
    • 6 likes
  5. Jim George Member

    Thank you for letting us know about this wonderful Patriot! 

    I have sent this out to my friends with this subject line: “We so desperately need more Ziggys!”

    Happy New Year, and

    God Bless America!

    Jim.

    • #5
    • December 29, 2018, at 12:59 PM PDT
    • 7 likes
  6. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Our finest and our worst Americans seem always to be imports. 

    • #6
    • December 29, 2018, at 1:26 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  7. Front Seat Cat Member

    What a great story Rick, for so many reasons. God bless Ziggy – he is the example of the immigrant who recognized our wonderful country and all it stands for with what he fled in the background. 

    • #7
    • December 29, 2018, at 3:19 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  8. Rick Poach Inactive
    Rick Poach Post author

    “News at 11:00” short spot video: 0:07 – 0:23

    • #8
    • December 29, 2018, at 4:58 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  9. Rick Poach Inactive
    Rick Poach Post author

    People are already planning to line the route from the church to the cemetery.

    • #9
    • December 29, 2018, at 9:30 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  10. Taras Coolidge

     One of the purposes of Teddy Kennedy‘s immigration reform in the 60s was to keep out people like this. Refugees from Communism tend to vote Republican. 

    • #10
    • December 30, 2018, at 9:03 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  11. Rick Poach Inactive
    Rick Poach Post author

    The local News 8 piece from last night, the full video of their news spot (not the “news at 11” short spot) is included in the piece.

    From the write up, one state rep “says there’s preliminary talk of some sort of memorial to be built in Ziggy’s honor.”

    • #11
    • December 30, 2018, at 9:04 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  12. Rick Poach Inactive
    Rick Poach Post author

    Some pictures posted on Facebook from outside the funeral home.

    • #12
    • December 30, 2018, at 4:21 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  13. Rick Poach Inactive
    Rick Poach Post author

    A facebook video of classic Ziggy. Watch and you’ll get it.

    • #13
    • December 30, 2018, at 5:08 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  14. Kay of MT Member

    That was really wonderful, so thank you Rick.

    • #14
    • December 30, 2018, at 7:58 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  15. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Rick Poach (View Comment):

    The local News 8 piece from last night, the full video of their news spot (not the “news at 11” short spot) is included in the piece.

    From the write up, one state rep “says there’s preliminary talk of some sort of memorial to be built in Ziggy’s honor.”

    Not my town, but I suspect a bronze roadside Perpetual Flag Waver might discourage future Ziggys. 

    And wouldn’t it be something for another immigrant to pick up his – and our – banner? 

    • #15
    • December 30, 2018, at 8:06 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  16. Rick Poach Inactive
    Rick Poach Post author

    The local independent newspaper The Waterbury Observer just posted an absolutely beautiful write-up on Ziggy. It captures the man well.

    • #16
    • December 30, 2018, at 8:14 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  17. Rick Poach Inactive
    Rick Poach Post author

    Video: civilian honor guard at the cemetery for Zeqir Berisha (Ziggy the Flagman)

    • #17
    • December 31, 2018, at 5:16 PM PDT
    • 2 likes