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Flag for USS Georgia stops in Bulloch
Chair of the Bulloch County Commission, Garrett Nevil, left, and Brooklet Mayor, Joe A. Grooms, right, hold the Georgia state flag in front local elected officials, government employees and Bulloch citizens after the county commission proclaimed March 28, 2008, as USS Georgia Day. The ship will return to service after a lengthy overhaul in a cermony to be held at King's Bay, Ga. - photo by PHIL BOYUM/staff
    A Georgia state flag was on its 151st stop in a 159 county journey across the state when it visited Bullcoh County at the council annex on North Main Street Thursday. The flag will adorn the newly converted USS Georgia scheduled for a return to service ceremony on March 28.             Accompanying the flag are proclamations and signatures from all 159 Georgia county commissions declaring their support for the men and women serving aboard the submarine.
    The executive directors from all 15 Regional Development Centers in the state of Georgia have participated by providing transportation for the flag and helping schedule ceremonial events in each county within their respective regions. According to Allen Burns, executive director of the Coastal Georgia Region of which Bulloch is a part, the flag has crisscrossed the state and will make its last stop in Camden County on March 27. From there, it will head to King’s Bay to be presented to the commander of the USS Georgia.
    Bulloch Commission Chair Garret Nevil read a proclamation passed by the board and signed by local mayors and Georgia Southern’s president, which proclaimed March 28, 2008, as USS Georgia Day in Bulloch County.     
    Mike Suierro, retired commander of the Savannah Council Navy League, was on hand to talk about the USS Georgia’s recommission.  He said these county proclamations were a way for Georgia citizens to show their appreciation to navy personnel.
    “It’s an opportunity for the people in the state of Georgia to show their support to the sailors and crew of the USS Georgia,” said Suierro. “The flag and log book will become a part of the ship’s history.”
    Upon completion of the USS Georgia’s conversion, it will carry 154 Tomahawk missles, up to 66 SEALS and the SEAL delivery vehicle. The ship will be stationed at the shipyard in King’s Bay, Ga.

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