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Local volunteers help post flags for 9-11
VFW members and volunteers from Collins Mobile homes posted American Flags for Sept. 11 (Patriot’s Day).
VFW members and volunteers from Collins Mobile homes posted American Flags for Sept. 11 (Patriot’s Day).

Assistant Scoutmaster Jerry English recruited installation and maintenance crews that worked with him at Collins Mobile Homes to help post the American flags on the Tattnall County Courthouse Square and Veterans Memorial Park on Friday, September 9, 2022. English’s efforts were very much appreciated by members of Post 7764 who wanted to get the flags up quickly in case of a sudden rain shower which was a continuing possibility.

“As late as Thursday morning we were looking at the prospect of having to postpone putting the flags up until Saturday,” Commander Ronnie McCall said.  “Early on, it looked like there was a possibility of heavy rain Friday morning and some throughout the weekend.  But then the forecast began to look a little better Thursday afternoon and then again at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning when Ronnie Thomas  checked it for the last time, so we decided to get the flags up.  Also, the rain forecast for the weekend looked better too. 

“Jerry English brought his workers from Collins Mobile Homes, and they helped us get the flags up in a little over half an hour.  Those guys enjoy doing it, and it’s a big help to us. We had seven veterans present for the mission.  We knew some of the regulars would be absent due to doctors’ appointments and other issues. Raymond Sanders, a Marine Vietnam Veteran who is almost always present for flag postings, is in the hospital in Augusta with several medical issues that needed to be addressed, and Service Officer Gina Hall had a previous commitment so we knew there was a possibility we’d be shorthanded.  It was good to see Jerry and his boys waiting to help when we arrived.”

The flags will remain posted until Friday September 16, 2022, which is POW-MIA Recognition Day.