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Well traveled Metro Flag is takes center stage in District 8 Highlands Parade this week

Monday October 9, 2006

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council    
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate release:

Louisville – It has traveled to Afghanistan and then back home to Louisville as a reminder of home for one Kentucky National Guard Unit recently deployed to that country.

Now a Metro Louisville flag, returned to the city in August, will help lead the Puppet Parade as part of the Week in the Highlands 2006 festival on Wednesday, October 11th..

“Our troops in Afghanistan are on a tough, fighting mission,” says Councilman Tom Owen (D) 8. “It’s so natural to hold on to a piece of home in the face of great danger. Our Metro flag that was once displayed by our troops in that hostile place has now been returned to remind us of their sacrifice.”

Owen will join World War II veteran Jack Pittenger in carrying the flag during the Puppet Parade.

“We are honored to carry it for all to see,” says Owen.

On August 17th, Sgt. First Class TC McClish brought the flag back to Louisville and told Metro Council members that while the flag was a reminder of home it had also been used to save the life of a bleeding solider during a fire fight.

The parade will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday at the St. Francis of Assisi. It will end at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Bardstown Road.

Sponsor:
Tom Owen (D) 8