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4-Hers mark Memorial Day

4-Hers mark Memorial Day

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 8:00 pm

MARK MEMORIAL DAY — Members of the Union City Afterschool 4-H Club met Thursday at the Obion County Public Library, with leaders presenting a program on the American flag and what has become known as the meanings of the 13 folds. The author of “Why the American Flag Is Folded 13 Times” is unknown, but is believed to have been written by an Air Force chaplain stationed at the United States Air Force Academy. Others attribute it to the Gold Star Mothers of America. The proper way to fold the American flag was presented during the reading of “Why the American Flag Is Folded 13 Times.” The members then made a red, white and blue star to use as decoration for the Memorial Day holiday. As a special surprise, the 4-H’ers received certificates of appreciation, which included a thank-you letter from soldier Jay Ruger and photos he sent from his military base in Egypt. The 4-H’ers made Christmas cards for Ruger and his troops. He wrote the cards were really appreciated and a “great surprise.” He said they hung the cards where all the pilots and maintenance people work so they could see all the support they had. He also sent the 4-H’ers Egyptian pounds, which are coins similar to American dollars. Among those accepting the certificates and coins were (front, from left) Liz Thomas, Hope Kennedy, Matthew Ryder, (back) Jon Ryder, volunteer leader Lonna Kennedy and Grace Kennedy.

Published in The Messenger 5.28.13

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