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"My son, Charlie Kelch, plays for the West Springfield Little League here in Springfield, VA. Last year we lost one of the Dads, to a heart attack, who did volunteer work. Many folks from the league donated money to the league in his name, as was his family's wish.
With the money, we installed a 30 foot high flag pole in the middle of our facility. At the opening day ceremonies they put up the flag, a dinky little thing that the flag pole company had included with the purchase of the pole. It looked lost, like a postage stamp on a huge envelope.
We had to come back to the fields later that day for our first game of the season and I brought with me a 3 1/2' x 9' flag that I had packed away in my basement. This is a holiday flag that I got from the Bergall as I was leaving active duty. I had packed it away in 1983, saving it for "some day." After seeing that, less then impressive flag that came with the pole, I could not think of a more fitting duty for my Bergall flag then standing watch over our kids playing America's favorite past-time sport, baseball.
So, the pictures attached here are Bergall's holiday flag, flying once more, in a worthy cause."
Donated and Courtesy of Gary Kelch, MM1, 79-83
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(from the guys... Thanks Gary, you done good!)
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