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A cool way to show support for soldiers

American flag shows appreciation for volunteers' efforts

A sample of the fabric used to make neck coolers sent to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan sits on top of an American flag Charlton Sewing Center owner Cathy Racine got on behalf of the volunteers who made them and a certificate from the military company that flew the flag. David Dore. (click for larger version)
October 11, 2011
CHARLTON — The flag that hangs above the volunteers at the Charlton Sewing Center is no ordinary flag.

This Old Glory was dedicated to the Charlton Sewing Center and sent back home after being flown in a Blackhawk air-ambulance helicopter used to rescue injured soldiers in Baghdad, Iraq.

The flag was mailed to a soldier's sister in Leicester, along with a certificate and a letter thanking the volunteers for making thousands of "neck coolers" for the troops working in 120-degree-heat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cathy Racine, owner of the Sewing Center, said she was overwhelmed.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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