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Friday, May 1, 2009

Carlisle to honor veterans

The Board of Selectmen on April 14 unanimously approved the First Religious Society plan to display the Field of Flags exhibit on the Town Common during the month of May. The Somers Congregational Church Memorial Committee in Connecticut originated the traveling exhibit in 2007. The exhibit includes the placement of small flags, each representing a U.S. fatality in the Iraq and Afghanistan confrontations, into the ground to create a visual reminder of the human cost of war. The flags are usually placed 12” apart in rows that are also 12” apart. It takes about three to four hours to set up the flags after staking of a 100-foot by 50-foot area.

Silver Star Banner Day

The board unanimously approved a motion setting aside May 1 to permanently honor the wounded and ill soldiers of the Town of Carlisle. The Silver Star Families of America organization has asked every city and town across the nation to take this action. The organization freely presents Silver Star banners, flags, and care packages to suffering soldiers. The website, www.silverstarfamilies, lists participating communities. ∆

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