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For Rodger Good, Sunday’s service was a first.

Worked in with the usual routine of a mass, Good presided over a flag retirement ceremony for the first time.

“I’d never, ever participated in a ceremony like this,” Good said. “It was kind of cool in the planning of it…It worked out well and I think everybody enjoyed it.”

The flag in question was flown during a combat mission from Kuwait to Afghanistan during December of last year with former Congregational Pastor Chaplain Major Ike Williams of the United States Air Force.

Good credited his deacons with doing a lot of the planning work for the ceremony. Good said it was important to them to be able to honor the fact that their former pastor felt strong enough that he wanted to give the flag to the congregation.

“They wanted to make the most of it in honor of him,” Good said.

Army reserve members Allison Hersom and Aubrey Nemmers performed the ceremony while veterans in the congregation were invited down to the front of the church.

The flag will be kept at the church in a unique case. A member of the congregation made the flag case and Good’s wife, who works with stained glass, created a design for the glass portion of the case.

“It turned our really cool,” Good said.

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