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Flag flown in Iraq donated to Warsaw community

| June 10, 2013

018WARSAW – The motto of the Ohio Army Reserve Unit 758 is, “We Don’t Quit!” That was certainly the case last Saturday, June 8 during Operation Giveback where soldiers from the Ohio Army Reserve Unit 758 gathered in Warsaw for Operation Giveback where they installed new metal roofs, painted chain-link fences at the park, picked up trash and other debris at the park, and did a lot of general ground maintenance. Warsaw was selected out of a 19-county area for Operation Giveback where the soldiers performed their community service project and had their annual fun day.

At 1 p.m., the community gathered at the town square for a flag dedication ceremony. Mayor Ron Davis opened the ceremony by thanking the River View High School band, who performed the National Anthem, Kathy Stevens, who sang, ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’, the Warsaw council, the Walhonding Valley Historical Society, and Clow Pipe, who donated the pipe for the new flagpole. He also thanked all of the soldiers gathered on Main Street in Warsaw.

“We have freedoms in America that we take for granted,” said Davis. “It’s because of people like you see standing here today that gives us these freedoms.”

The flag that was dedicated to the Walhonding Valley Historical Society was carried in Iraq by the 131st Assualt Helicopter Battalion on Sept. 11, 2011 and was presented by the aviators and soldiers supporting America’s war on terrorism. Dale and Brenda Davis, presidents of the Walhonding Valley Historical Society, was also presented with a 718th Transportation Battalion Coin of Excellence and a flag bearing the names of those who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

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