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Remembering the fallen

Rhonda Worthington, center, and her daughter, Kaylin Worthington, listen as speakers talk about Army Pfc. Robert Adrian Worthington at a Gold Star Mothers ceremony Sept. 28. Robert Adrian Worthington, who died in combat in May 2007, was Rhonda Worthington’s son and Kaylin Worthington’s brother. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)

Rhonda Worthington, center, and her daughter, Kaylin Worthington, listen as speakers talk about Army Pfc. Robert Adrian Worthington at a Gold Star Mothers ceremony Sept. 28. Robert Adrian Worthington, who died in combat in May 2007, was Rhonda Worthington’s son and Kaylin Worthington’s brother. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)

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Forest Park High School JROTC Cadet Maj. Cesar Garcia and Cadet 1st Lt. Adriana Smith unfold an American flag for inspection during a Gold Star Mother ceremony at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center in Rex on Sept. 28. After it was inspected and refolded, the flag was given to Kaylin Worthington, whose brother, Army Pfc. Robert Adrian Worthington, died in combat in 2007.

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Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton praises Army Pfc. Robert Adrian Worthington during a Gold Star Mothers ceremony Sept. 28 at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center in Rex. Worthington was killed in combat in May 2007 and a memorial was built in his honor at the center.

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Old flags are stacked up to be retired at a ceremony commemorating the 111th birthday of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sept. 28 in Lake City. After they were folded, the flags were inspected by the commander of VFW Post 5080 and newer flags found to still be in good condition were separated from the stacks so they could be saved.

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Boy Scouts of America Troop 919 member Tavian Spates leans in to place an American flag in a fire pit during a flag retirement ceremony held Sept. 28 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 in Lake City.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 Commander John Bogardus explains the organization’s history during a birthday celebration held Sept. 28 in Lake City. The post retired old American flags as part of the celebration.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 Commander John Bogardus and Ladies Auxiliary President Cindy Arndt use a ceremonial sword to cut a birthday cake commemorating the 111th anniversary of the VFW’s founding Sept. 28.

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Boy Scouts of America Troop 919 member Derek Garcia, left, works with Assistant Scoutmaster George Kempson to fold a flag for a retirement ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 in Lake City on Sept. 28.

Rhonda Worthington, center, and her daughter, Kaylin Worthington, listen as speakers talk about Army Pfc. Robert Adrian Worthington at a Gold Star Mothers ceremony Sept. 28. Robert Adrian Worthington, who died in combat in May 2007, was Rhonda Worthington’s son and Kaylin Worthington’s brother. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)

Forest Park High School JROTC Cadet Maj. Cesar Garcia and Cadet 1st Lt. Adriana Smith unfold an American flag for inspection during a Gold Star Mother ceremony at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center in Rex on Sept. 28. After it was inspected and refolded, the flag was given to Kaylin Worthington, whose brother, Army Pfc. Robert Adrian Worthington, died in combat in 2007.

Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton praises Army Pfc. Robert Adrian Worthington during a Gold Star Mothers ceremony Sept. 28 at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center in Rex. Worthington was killed in combat in May 2007 and a memorial was built in his honor at the center.

Old flags are stacked up to be retired at a ceremony commemorating the 111th birthday of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sept. 28 in Lake City. After they were folded, the flags were inspected by the commander of VFW Post 5080 and newer flags found to still be in good condition were separated from the stacks so they could be saved.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 919 member Tavian Spates leans in to place an American flag in a fire pit during a flag retirement ceremony held Sept. 28 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 in Lake City.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 Commander John Bogardus explains the organization’s history during a birthday celebration held Sept. 28 in Lake City. The post retired old American flags as part of the celebration.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 Commander John Bogardus and Ladies Auxiliary President Cindy Arndt use a ceremonial sword to cut a birthday cake commemorating the 111th anniversary of the VFW’s founding Sept. 28.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 919 member Derek Garcia, left, works with Assistant Scoutmaster George Kempson to fold a flag for a retirement ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5080 in Lake City on Sept. 28.

By Curt Yeomans