State Flag Ends Journey Across Georgia

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Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., – March 20, 2008 – A Georgia state flag that has traveled to every county in the state will arrive in Camden County, Thursday, March 27. The ambitious project undertaken by the Georgia Return to Service Committee, U.S. Navy League and the Georgia Regional Development Centers involved the entire state in welcoming home USS Georgia (SSGN 729) to Kings Bay. The final ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., at the USS George Bancroft Sail Exhibit located at the Franklin Gate entrance to the submarine base. Mr. Vernon Martin, lmmediate Past Executive Director for the Georgia Regional Development Center, Mr. Don Giles, Georgia Flag Project Coordinator and Capt. Ward Stevens, commanding officer of Kings Bay will provide remarks.
The flag started its historic journey in North Georgia December 11, 2007, and will end at the 15gth and final ceremony at Kings Bay. The response to the project has been enthusiastic with all counties participating in ceremonial events that revealed patriotism is alive and well in the state and that Georgians are truly supportive of the men and women who serve in the Navy and all uniformed services.
Commissioner Preston Rhodes, Chair of the Camden County Board of Commissioners, Mayor Burford Clark of Woodbine, Mayor Ken Smith of Kingsland, Mayor Rowland Eskridge of Saint Marys and Chairman Herbert Rowland of the Camden County Board of Education will be on hand to sign the log book that has traveled around the state with the flag.
Governor Sonny Perdue will present the flag and logbook to Captain Brian Mcllvaine, Commanding Officer, USS Georgia at a Return to Service Ceremony March 28.
“Bring the USS Georgia home” has echoed throughout the state for more than 14 years. An Ohio-Class submarine, Georgia is 560 feet in length, displaces over 18,000 tons submerged and can carry more than 154 crew members and up to 66 Special Operations Forces for sustained, long-endurance deployments.

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