After a year and a half of planning, some members of the Littleton-Westford Emblem Club #244 participated recently in the flag-hanging ceremony in Savannah, Ga. They were Jim Donnelly, president; Kathie Bradley, treasurer; and Maureen Donnelly, financial secretary, who with Jackie Benlian, a Tewksbury-Wilmington #381 member, was instrumental in bringing the flag to the 86th National Convention of the Supreme Emblem Club of the United States of America. All were privileged to sign the flag.
The Supreme President, Donna Mazzola of Newton Emblem Club #8, spoke at the ceremony and also signed the flag, as did Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson.
The flag "United We Stand, United We Sew" was made by volunteers from Pennsylvania after the 9/11 tragedy. It is comprised of more than 2,900 individual flags, flags from the 86 countries of the victims and flags representing all of the responders to the tragedy.
It was transported from New Jersey, where it had been on display, by its military escort, Sgt. Bryan Brandmeir. This was the last public exposition of the flag before it goes to the 9/11 museum in New York, where it will be kept on permanent display.
First flown aboard the USS Intrepid, the flag has flown in 86 different locations and has been signed by many people.
For information regarding the flag and/or the Emblem Club, contact Jim Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.