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Veterans and civilians honor Old Glory

June 14, 2000|By KERRI SACCHET

The U.S. flag was the center of attention during a Flag Day ceremony in Hagerstown's Public Square.

April Benner kicked off the celebration honoring the red, white and blue by singing the "Star-Spangled Banner."

Lewis Metzner, Hagerstown City Council member and emcee for the ceremony, said Flag Day is an another day to remember those who served their country and the symbolism that the flag represents.

"I want to thank all the veterans who served in wars," Metzner said.

The event did not draw a large crowd, and Metzner said he hopes that will change in the future.

Miss Maryland Keri Schrader, wearing a U.S. flag pin on her jacket, reminded the crowd to pause at 7 p.m. Wednesday to recite the pledge of allegiance.

Ray Linebaugh, of the Joint Veterans Council, said veterans appreciate the efforts made on Flag Day.

"As far as the veterans are concerned, every day is Flag Day," Linebaugh said, "It stands for the freedom, blood, and the fighting men and women of the country that guaranteed we would have the freedoms of today."

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Del. Robert McKee, R-Washington, said the flag stands for freedom and people should take time to remember that on Flag Day.

"It is the symbol of our country and the freedoms we have," McKee said, "We get so busy and involved, but we have to pause for what the flag is a symbol of."

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