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Though it appeared the threat of rain loomed near, that couldn’t stop the Still Hopes family from gathering for our annual Flag Raising Ceremony on this Fourth of July. The idea for a flag raising ceremony was originally brought up by Still Hopes resident Margaret Twomey four years ago, and today’s flag was dedicated in her honor. “I just think it’s important that we get the flag on display and that everyone has a part in it.” says Margaret.

The flag was raised today by Karl Pfaehler and Richard Murphy, both of whom are veterans. Karl is a retired Army Colonel who served for 26 years, and he thinks having a tradition like this is important not just for Still Hopes residents, but also for generations to come. “I think it’s really important, particularly for younger people. We need to carry on a tradition. We need to impart upon younger people the importance of the flag and what it means to us. I think a lot of times we take for granted the liberty we have in the United States. I think doing this at least once a year reminds us to be thankful for what we have.” states Karl.

From all of us at Still Hopes, we want to extend our gratitude to each of our veterans and every person who has helped insure the liberty and independence we celebrate today. Thank you and God bless!