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Town Green flag dedication honors military

Posted: December 29, 2011 2:37 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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The flag and a special honorary plaque were donated to the city during the ceremony.

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Members of the armed forces received honors during a recent special flag dedication on Camden’s Town Green.

Glen Inabinet, former commander of Camden American Legion Post No. 17, was the event’s guest speaker and outlined the importance of the American flag during the ceremony.

“Think about the colors of the flag. White represents purity and innocence. Red represents hardiness and valor. And blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. These are all qualities evident in the American spirit,” Inabinet said. “The flag not only serves as a symbol of our country, but a symbol of its spirit found in all Americans.”

He added the dedication was more than just a commemoration of the flag, but also a celebration of a “common thread” in American history.

“This thread represents the enduring spirit evident in every American. Take a moment and think back 70 years. The American spirit was tested Dec. 7, 1941, with an attack on Pearl Harbor. In an attack that was meant to hinder, America persevered. On Sept. 11, 2001, there was another attack on American soil. This was another attempt to hinder the American spirit. However, once again American persevered. This country is defined by the enduring spirit of Americans who can rally together and present a united front as seen following Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11, 2001,” Inabinet said.

Those in attendance honored the victims and heroes of both attacks during a moment of silence.

A special plaque honoring the armed forces and victims of the attacks was also donated to the city by Frank Goodale and the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Agency.

Camden City Manager Kevin Bronson thanked all those who participated in the event and noted his particular connection to the armed forces.

“My father served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964. I still fold my socks the way I believe he was taught to do that in the Air Force and I tuck my shirt the way he was he taught in the Air Force,” Bronson said.

“I hope the Marine fellows don’t take any offense to that,” he added with a laugh.

Katherine Brown, a retired Air Force colonel and member of the Camden Military Academy (CMA) Board of Advisors, read “I am the Flag,” a Howard Schnauber poem about the meaning and importance of the American flag.

Members of the American Legion Honor Guard, the CMA Color Guard and Band and Camden City Council were special guests at the dedication.

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