Monday, June 15, 2009

Germanna veterans honored at Flag Day celebration at Fredericksburg Campus in Spotsylvania

Ken Creasy, captain of the Spotsylvania American Legion Post 320 color guard, plays the bugle at Monday's Flag Day ceremony at Germanna.

During a Flag Day ceremony and tree planting Monday at the Fredericksburg Campus to recognize the service and sacrifice of Germanna Community College veterans and there families, Germanna Veterans' Association adviser Joan Fischer, a veteran herself, spoke of the service of her grandfather and father in World War I, World War II and Korea.

She said that throughout her life, the flag has always held a special place in her heart because of that service, even during times of political turmoil.

"The flag has come to mean many things to many people," Fischer said. For some it is a symbol of freedom and honor. For others, it is a symbol to be torn, burned or spat on. It's worn on uniforms and has patched holes in jeans."

But for Fischer, the memory associated with the flag will always be the image of her father, years after retirement from the military, "removing his hat, hand over heart and standing for the flag. He did not consider it a bother, but rather a duty and an honor."

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