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Flag at D.M. Bowman Business Park honors local Marine

April 30, 2010|By ERIN JULIUS
  • D.M. Bowman training manager, Dan Plotner, left, helps raise a Marine Corps flag and American flag with Scott Kretzer, Friday, at the D.M. Bowman Business park in Williamsport in honor of Kretzer's son, Lance Cpl. Jorden Meyers, a Marine from Hagerstown,who will be deploying to Afghanistan.
Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT -- A Marine Corps flag now flies along Interstate 81, in honor of a local Marine deploying to Afghanistan and as a reminder of all the men and women still fighting overseas.

Scott and Michelle Kretzer wanted to raise a flag in honor of their son, Lance Cpl. Jorden Meyers, who will be deployed to Afghanistan next week.

"It's so hard to be so proud and so sad at the same time," Michelle Kretzer said of her son during a ceremony Friday in the D.M. Bowman Business Park.

Scott Kretzer had driven through the business park looking for an unused flagpole that he could use to raise the flag on his own property.

When he contacted the company, however, representatives offered to let him fly the Marine Corps flag beneath the American flag already flying on their property near the interstate.

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Scott Kretzer said he was unsure initially, since he had wanted a more private tribute. Michelle Kretzer convinced him they should take the business park's offer.

"It will let the local people know local kids are still fighting over there," Scott Kretzer said Friday.

Meyers, 21, graduated from Clear Spring High School in 2008, his family said. He joined the Marines that year, and went to basic training in July after he graduated, Michelle Kretzer said.

As of Friday, he was at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He last visited his family around Easter.

Meyers joined the Marines because he didn't think he would be able to make an impact right away if he went to college after high school, said Scott Kretzer, who served in the Marines from 1989 to 1991.

Meyers' great-grandmother, Annabelle Kayser of Clear Spring, also attended the brief flag-raising Friday morning.

She said she has a second grandson fighting overseas.

"I keep telling them to watch their backs," she said.

Meyers' siblings --Theo Meyers, 16, and Harley Kretzer, 9 -- also attended the flag raising.

When asked if she was proud of her big brother, Harley nodded and smiled.

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