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Coupland organization observes National Flag Day

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    William Lawson looks into the historic Mager Cemetery. Photos by Susan Garry
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    Gwendalyn Lawson prepares to place her flags on markers.
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    Lois and Daniel Bittner, a Mager descendant, and Emil Bachmeyer have placed flags in the cemetery.
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    Janice Ging, William Lawson, Zac Ging, Gwendalyn Lawson, Kyngdon Ging, Hermann Sons Life Coupland president Lena Ging and Kiefer Ging prepare to place flags on the markers in Mager Cemetery.

To celebrate National Flag Day, local volunteers from Hermann Sons Life Coupland gathered Friday, June 14, at Mager Cemetery to place flags in the cemetery.

The cemetery is about five miles east of Coupland.

“National Flag Day celebrates our nation’s symbol of unity and stands for our country’s devotion to freedom, to the rule of law, and to equal rights for all,” spokesperson Glenda Gebert said.

Hermann Sons Life is a fraternal benefit society that carries out community works and donates to charitable programs that support community service projects.

Mager Cemetery has a historical marker. Mager descendants identified the site of the original Mager homestead that can be seen from the cemetery. They also pointed out the grave of Franciska Mager, buried in 1951, the last person to be buried in the cemetery.