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Flagging an issue in Westbrough

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 30, 2007 11:57 AM

(Somers Congregational Church image)


A traveling exhibit featuring flags representing Americans who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be on display through the middle of next month on the lawn of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Westborough, where a prayer for peace will also be held.

Field of Flags, currently a collection of 3,718 flags, will be on display in front of the West Main Street church through June 17. The names of the people associated with the flags are listed on a display board and in a notebook, and more flags will be added as fatalities increase.

The exhibit was originated by the Somers Congregational Church in Somers, Conn. and has traveled to Virginia and North Carolina. The church's web site said the exhibit was not conceived as a protest, but as a "silent, patriotic, and poignant reminider of the cost of war."

A service will be held in front of the flags at 7:30 p.m. June 10 to remember the dead and pray for peace.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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