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Three Cheers for the Red, White … and Blue, Blue Skies


Williamsport’s 33rd annual Flags Across America March traveled to the Penn College campus from the nearby Peter Herdic Transportation Museum on Tuesday evening, convening for a brief celebration under the 1,800-square-foot American flag that flies outside the Student & Administrative Services Center.

– Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Sunny skies boost the turnout – whether on foot, on bikes or on scooters.
Sunny skies boost the turnout – whether on foot, on bikes or on scooters.

A Scout leader shoulders her love of country.
A Scout leader shoulders her love of country.

Members of the Repasz Band stand for the national Pledge of Allegiance at 7 p.m. sharp.
Members of the Repasz Band stand for the national Pledge of Allegiance at 7 p.m. sharp.

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana
Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana

A flag-folding demonstration ...
A flag-folding demonstration …

... ends, 13 tight folds later, in official presentation.
… ends, 13 tight folds later, in official presentation.

4H'ers tote their trophy, a "Tony Award" named for event organizer Anthony L. DiSalvo.
4H’ers tote their trophy, a “Tony Award” named for event organizer Anthony L. DiSalvo.

William P. Carlucci, president of the Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America ...
William P. Carlucci, president of the Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America …

... a well-represented organization at Tuesday's event.
… a well-represented organization at Tuesday’s event.

Members of the Marine Corps League comprise the evening's color guard.
Members of the Marine Corps League comprise the evening’s color guard.

A Korean War serviceman somberly stands at attention.
A Korean War serviceman somberly stands at attention.

Retired Lt. Col. Philip A. Petter, ambassador emeritus, Army Reserves
Retired Lt. Col. Philip A. Petter, ambassador emeritus, Army Reserves

Heartfelt tribute
Heartfelt tribute

Lycoming County Commissioner Robert "Jack" McKernan
Lycoming County Commissioner Robert “Jack” McKernan

Representatives of local law enforcement add to the proceedings.
Representatives of local law enforcement add to the proceedings.

A veteran honors the Stars and Stripes.
A veteran honors the Stars and Stripes.

With appropriate neckwear, former Williamsport Mayor Phillip E. Preziosi takes to the podium.
With appropriate neckwear, former Williamsport Mayor Phillip E. Preziosi takes to the podium.

All smiles in the starry, starry night
All smiles in the starry, starry night

A night for friends, family and the flag
A night for friends, family and the flag

"Man's best friend" takes a hydration break.
“Man’s best friend” takes a hydration break.

A large turnout basks in the ambiance outside the SASC.
A large turnout basks in the ambiance outside the SASC.

Evening sunlight slowly begins to wane ... but marchers' patriotism abides.
Evening sunlight slowly begins to wane … but marchers’ patriotism abides.

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