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Coast Guardsman thanks students with 'Old Glory'

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

In Mrs. Funderburk's class Thursday, twenty-two, 6-years-olds were presented with a flag from a man serving in the United States Coast Guard.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sends care packages to troops every year during Christmas and Mrs. Funderburk's class was asked to make cards for the servicemen to go along with the packages.

One of those packages reached Paul Keough. To thank the kids for their thoughtfulness, he wanted the children to have the flag that flew over his gunboat and help them understand the 9-11 attacks.

"What he had hoped, it will make a connection with the children and the incident that happened before they were born. That they can make a connection with what happened then," said Barbara Hall.

Paul is a Dallas, Texas police officer serving on a ship in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To keep in touch, he sent emails back and forth with the class and Barbara.

Barbara says Paul was touched by what the kids had done and the kids were excited to have the flag.

After being presented with the flag, one of the students has a message he wanted to send.

"Thank you Mr. Paul," said Ethan Ferguson.

The class would be able to keep the flag until the end of year. After that Ethan will be able to take the flag home.

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