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GROTON — Friday morning the entire driveway from the entrance to the front door of GDRHS was lined with 700 American flags. Organized by Mark Hennelly, participants were Principal Michael Mastrullo and staff members Matt Leblanc, Gina Doherty, Sally Bartel, Megan Brazil, Carol Case, Jim Duffy, Derek Asadorian, members of the baseball team and senior Chris Bonaccolta.

According to Hennelly, last year the driveway was lined with flags in the same fashion as a sign of respect for Sgt. William J. Woitowicz, who was killed in Afghanistan saving the lives of fellow soldiers. His casket was driven by the high school, where he attended, prior to his final burial in Westford.

“Considering the sacrifice of Sgt. Woitowicz and many other area soldiers, we agreed to start a new tradition of planting the flags along the driveway every year on the Friday prior to Memorial Day,” said Hennelly. He added that a series of large flags will remain at the front entrance through the anniversary of Sgt. Woitowicz’s death on June 7.

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