A very special flag

Pictured are SPC Brandan Voss, center, with the fifth-grade students of North Collins Elementary School.
Fifth-graders from Mrs. Ballís class at North Collins Elementary School were recently visited by former graduate SPC Brandan Voss, who recently finished his tour of duty in Iraq.

SPC Voss spent the afternoon sharing his experiences, and answering many questions from a curious audience. During this time, he presented the school with a flag flown over COS Marez, Ninewa Province, Iraq on Sept. 11, 2011. A Certificate of Authenticity was also presented to the school, stating that the flag was flown by the 105th Military Police Company while assigned to the 4th Advise and Assist Brigade of the 1st Armor Division in support of Operation New Dawn.

SPC Voss presented the flag to the fifth-graders to express his thanks for letters the students wrote to him last year, when they were fourth-graders. The idea to send letters to Voss, along with a care package, was initiated by the SPCís neighbor, Sharon Woronowski, and carried out by his former teacher, Mrs. Ball, and her students.

The soldier truly appreciated the letters from home while in Iraq. The students of North Collins Elementary School thanked SPC Voss for his visit and for the very special flag. The flag will be placed in a frame and displayed proudly at North Collins Elementary School.

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