For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101

Touro University California Raises the Flag Once Again

(Vallejo, CA – May 15, 2015) – For Zachary Landau, ENS MC, USNR and student at Touro University California, restoring the Mare Island Hospital flag was a matter of national honor. 

The College of Osteopathic Medicine student felt the absence of the nation’s colors on the Touro campus and recognized its significance while training to be a Naval officer during one summer. Together with Mare Island’s Naval history, Landau knew he needed to help make a change. 

“Patriotism is something that should be felt on our campus. It is pride. It is purpose,” he said. “With our history on Mare Island and our many graduates serving the country here and abroad, we need the flag flown. The time is overdue for Touro to do the same.” 

And so Touro turned to the place they call home –Mare Island, former Naval Shipyard – to restore one of the national treasures for all the men and women who had served the country. 

“The American flag is recognized as a symbol of freedom, hope, and valor,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro Western Division. “This is about our veterans and those who served our country. I commend our campus and community for their commitment to restore and resurrect the flag on Mare Island.” 

On Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., in front of the Mare Island Hospital, the flag will once again fly proudly over Mare Island for the first time since 9/11. The event will feature the raising of the United States flag originally flown over the U.S. Capitol, donated by Congressman Mike Thompson of the 5th Congressional District, who is also the keynote speaker at the Dedication.

Following the raising of the flag by the Navy Color Guard, San Jose, U. S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Steven Powell will sing the “Star Spangled Banner.” 

Jelly Belly Chairman Herman G. Rowland, Sr. and CEO Lisa Rowland Basher, along with Berkley and COO and Provost of Touro University California, Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, will also celebrate the event with a ribbon cutting. 

Flags have been flying on Mare Island since at least 1854, with the current flagpole dating back to 1901. Mare Island became famous across the country and the world for medical innovation and efficiency, especially in the area of treating burns and outfitting prosthesis.  

Many dignitaries and celebrities visited Mare Island to see and encourage the work that was done here. Among them was Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and celebrities Bob Hope, Irving Berlin, Jack Benny, Janet Gaynor, Merle Oberon, Linda Durnell, Joe E. Brown and others. 

Today, Touro University California is training the finest health care professionals and teachers who are doing remarkable service across the country and in our uniformed services. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Garcia at 707-638-5272 or

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit or call 707-638-5200.