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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2013
Every year, Jenny and Howard Metger go to the Memorial Day service at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park west of Hagerstown and look for their fathers' flags. The large American flags once draped the caskets of their fathers, who were World War II veterans and are buried at the cemetery. They are among 35 to 40 such flags flown at the annual service. “Oh, it (was) amazing, amazing, and beautiful,” Jenny Metger said of the first time she saw the large flags at the service held the Sunday before Memorial Day. Her husband, Howard, said it's an honor to have their fathers' flags flown during the service.
LIFESTYLE
September 6, 2011
Heritage Academy National Honor Society students helped to create a display of flags, one for each person who died on 9/11. The display was set up Aug. 27 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Mercersburg, Pa. The students were helping a Boy Scout earn his Eagle Scout badge. The American Legion in Mercersburg will join the VFW on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. for an open house at the VFW. During the open house, scenes from the tragedy will be shown. There will be a ceremony at 4 p.m. by the flag pole.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 15, 2013
The words of the Gettysburg Address thundered from the pavilion of the Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 in Williamsport on Saturday. Nelson Deal of Maugansville delivered the address with the colorful, commanding style of an early TV commentator, underscored by the patriotic tunes of the Williamsport Community Band. U.S. flags fluttered in the breeze as a crowd looked solemnly on at the Red Men's annual flag-retirement and recognition ceremony. Event chairman Tom Burke said the retirement ceremony, which invites community members to bring in their worn flags for proper retirement, is a Red Men tradition.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | July 2, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com Mackenzie Blair and a few of his Boy Scout buddies were joking around Thursday afternoon, like teenagers do, but they had come to Antietam National Battlefield for something serious. Blair, 13, of Hagerstown, said he was in sixth-grade math class on Sept. 11, 2001, when he heard the news about the terrorist attacks. His mother picked him up from school early. Nearly three years later, he was in line with more than 100 other volunteers on the historic battlefield to adorn a plowed cornfield with 3,000 U.S. flags.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | July 4, 2004
gregs@herald-mail.com People who walked through the Healing Field at Antietam National Battlefield said the display brought up strong emotions and bittersweet memories. The Healing Field, which is being taken down today, actually is a plowed cornfield that had more than 3,000 U.S. flags planted instead. All but two flags had a name of a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks attached. "I like this," said Carol Harne, 60, of Myersville, Md. "Really, it's awesome.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | June 15, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- To 12-year-old Garrett Sutton, the American flag is more than a few stars and stripes waving in the wind. "It reminds me of our troops and I feel something special for the men and women who have died out there," he said. "It (the flag) deserves our respect. " Garrett and 25 members of Boy Scout troops 99 and 88 paid final respects to 400 U.S. flags on Monday by giving each a proper retirement and a final salute. There is only one preferred way to retire a flag, and that is by flame, said Boy Scout Unit Commissioner Bill Yoder.
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by Alicia Notarianni | September 20, 2005
anotarianni@herald-mail.com The morning of Sept. 17, 1862, A.P. Hill led the Tennessee division of the Confederate military forces on a 17-mile trek from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., into battle at Antietam. On Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, the Tennessee division re-enactment group trudged the same path in an effort to educate people about American history while raising funds to restore the flags carried by Hill and his troops. John DeSalis, 40, of Chambersburg, Pa., helped organize the commemorative event, which now is in its second year.
NEWS
July 1, 2004
Exchange Clubs of Washington County are hosting a display of 3,412 American flags at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. The display is part of a national program, with more than 30 Healing Fields registered in the United States. The flags honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and those who died in Shanksville, Pa. For information, go to healingfield.org on the Web. The opening program will begin at 4 p.m. today.
NEWS
September 13, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - Boy Scouts from Troop 4 in Hagerstown joined Williamsport American Legion Auxiliary 202 on Aug. 12 to fold 300 pocket flags. The morning started with a prayer by Chaplain Judy Flook. Post Commander Tom Gladhill and Post member Jack Reinmuth folded a U.S. flag and told the meaning of each fold. The Scouts then folded 300 pocket-sized U.S. flags and placed them in baggies. The flags, which were purchased by the Legion, will be sent to American troops in the Gulf War. The project was started in 2001 by a group of Cub Scouts in Colorado after visiting veterans of the Vietnam and Gulf wars.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | March 24, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com If all goes as planned, American flags representing the casualties in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be erected and flown for three days at Antietam National Battlefield. The Hagerstown and Antietam Exchange clubs plan to sell about 3,000 American-made all-weather flags with the proceeds going to the Parent-Child Center, Millie Lowman, executive director of the Parent-Child Center in Hagerstown, said Tuesday. The flags cost $30 each and there will be an additional charge of $15 for flags that are shipped, she said.
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By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com | June 27, 2013
The Federal 9-10 All-Stars have just one thing going through their minds in the Maryland District 1 Little League Tournament: Survival. Coming into the sixth inning of Thursday's game down 17-10 to Maugansville, Federal (4-1) exploded for 14 runs in the top of the frame and locked down the bottom to earn a 24-21 victory and a trip to the losers' bracket final against West End today at 6 p.m. “That's this team. They took a first-round loss to Conococheague, but they kept winning ballgames.
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NEWS
June 27, 2013
Members of Cub Scout Pack 23 and Boy Scout Troop 23, under the direction of Scoutmaster Rich Gaver, present unserviceable United States flags to Cmdr. Richard Shipley of Funkstown Post 211 American Legion, at the post's flag disposal ceremony on June 14.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 15, 2013
The words of the Gettysburg Address thundered from the pavilion of the Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 in Williamsport on Saturday. Nelson Deal of Maugansville delivered the address with the colorful, commanding style of an early TV commentator, underscored by the patriotic tunes of the Williamsport Community Band. U.S. flags fluttered in the breeze as a crowd looked solemnly on at the Red Men's annual flag-retirement and recognition ceremony. Event chairman Tom Burke said the retirement ceremony, which invites community members to bring in their worn flags for proper retirement, is a Red Men tradition.
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BY HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 14, 2013
The crowd was silent for the time it took Old Glory to rise up the sky-scraping flagpole Friday in Hagerstown's University Plaza, where a celebration of Flag Day was held. Detailing the history of the holiday, which serves to commemorate the adoption of the American flag, city Mayor David S. Gysberts spoke before an assemblage of about 40 people. “Wherever our American journey has taken us, whether on that unending path to the mountain top or high above into the reaches of space, Old Glory has followed, reminding us of the rights and responsibilities we share as citizens,” Gysberts said, reading a proclamation from President Obama.
NEWS
May 28, 2013
Motorists are advised to expect delays and to consider alternate routes due to flagging operations that are expected to take place on Old National Pike and Poffenberger Road Wednesday, State Highway Administration officials said Tuesday in a news release. Lane closures will begin at 6 a.m. and continue around the clock to allow crews to reconstruct a portion of Old National Pike to lower the crest of a hill several inches to improve sight distance, according to a news release. The work is expected to continue for up to two days, the release said.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2013
Every year, Jenny and Howard Metger go to the Memorial Day service at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park west of Hagerstown and look for their fathers' flags. The large American flags once draped the caskets of their fathers, who were World War II veterans and are buried at the cemetery. They are among 35 to 40 such flags flown at the annual service. “Oh, it (was) amazing, amazing, and beautiful,” Jenny Metger said of the first time she saw the large flags at the service held the Sunday before Memorial Day. Her husband, Howard, said it's an honor to have their fathers' flags flown during the service.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | December 7, 2012
For Alekos 2 Go owner Steve Kontos, the Grinch came early. Kontos showed up at work Friday morning to notice some of the lights stolen from his Christmas tree outside and an American flag stolen from the property. “I'm inside prepping, running back and forth, and I noticed out front there was a stack of lightbulbs from the Christmas tree laying on the ground,” he said. “I thought that was weird because they were on last night when we left.” Kontos also realized that the heat was not working when he went inside.
NEWS
November 25, 2012
Students in Susan Spurlock's sixth-grade social studies class at Charles Town Middle School participated in a project-based learning assignment titled “To Burn or Not to Burn.” The students analyzed the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, examined key words and rewrote the pledge in their own words. The students then collaboratively identified the symbolism within “Old Glory” and designed their own flags. After analyzing and discussing the First Amendment rights and polling community members on the question, “Do you believe there should be a First Amendment that makes it legal to burn the flag in protest?
LIFESTYLE
July 18, 2012
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from the Mason-Dixon Council of Boy Scouts of America took part in a local flag ceremony for the Hagerstown March of Dimes Walkathon at Hagerstown Fairgrounds on April 30.
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