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Retiring the flags

The Gloucester Ruritan Club held a flag retirement ceremony at the start of the club’s annual picnic at Beaverdam Park on Aug. 28. In top photo, Paul Bauer, chairman of the club’s Citizenship and Patriotism Committee, conducts the ceremony (front right). President Tom Swankler inspected the flags and found one in good condition and not suitable for retirement; he presented it to Girl Scout Troop 180. Below, Girl Scouts from Service Unit 130, Troops 180 and 1055 assisted in retiring approximately 20 flags. In bottom photo, Girl Scouts taking part in the program were, front row from left, Sutton Earwood, Azriel Owens; middle row, Molly Steiger, Nykee Edwards, Alexis Stevens, Arizona Phelps; back row, Haley Roberts, Lillian Steiger, Cindy Williams (leader, Troop 180), Sarah White (leader, Troop 1055) and Maya Jones. ...

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