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Children's Memorial Flag raises awareness

March 19, 1999

Flying outside Ramada Inn on Dual Highway in Hagerstown Thursday, March 25, will be a large red, white and blue flag that is not a symbol of liberty but of death. The figures on the flag, a smaller version of which will fly all week outside the Washington County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, represent children killed by violence.

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Child Welfare League of America created the Children's Memorial Flag in 1998 to raise awareness of children killed by violence and in hopes of preventing recurrences.

Last year, all state governors were sent the flags to be flown over capitol buildings and asked to proclaim the last Friday in April as Children's Memorial Day, according to the league. April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. A total of 25 states flew or displayed the flag over their capitols or Departments of Children's Services and nine others expressed support in other ways, including signing proclamations.

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This year, Friday, April 23, has been designated as Children's Memorial Day, according to Melissa Cline, program manager for Child Protective Services at Washington County Department of Social Services.

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