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Flag Day: Happy Flag Day to all. I hope you’re flying it proudly. Since I wrote the last column on how to retire a flag with dignity, I received more suggestions, so I’ll use Flag Day to pass those on. Reader Gloria Thiele e-mailed to let me know that Boy Scouts collect flags and burn them in a respectful ceremony. Then I got an e-mail from Erin Van Geem saying: “Boy Scouts perform wonderful flag retirement ceremonies on a fairly regular basis. Troop 787 of Grass Valley most recently retired a flag during a double Eagle Scout ceremony in May. We have several buglers who play music for our ceremony, and our Scouts read a history of the origination of the flag and what each of the stripes and colors signifies.” Also, Williams Stationery in Grass Valley takes flags that need to be retired. I also got an e-mail from Judy Vaughn saying she was at Sam’s Club in Roseville on June 4 and there was a cart outside the entrance for flags that need to be destroyed with dignity. So, readers should have lots of info on retiring flags.

Veterans need help: The nicest guy, a Word War II veteran, came into The Union on Friday to ask for help on behalf on the Department of Veterans Services in Grass Valley. Dick Graves, who is a youthful-looking 85, said a part-time worker who answered the phones in the Auburn Street office was laid off, and Dick wants to help the men who work in the office, who are now overloaded with phone calls. “I know there are people out there who like to help veterans,” Dick said. What is needed is a few people who could work maybe one day a week from 9 a.m. to noon answering the phones and taking messages. If five people reply, each could work one morning. And if you can only work one morning every other week, that’s OK, too. This is a great organization that does wonderful work to help our veterans, and this is an opportunity to be of great service. Dick said you don’t have to train or know a lot, just take messages from the callers. If you knew how nice this guy is, you’d rush to help! Dick can be reached at 273-0931.

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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixier@theunion.com, or by fax at 477-4292.


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