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Merrimack Valley

January 18, 2013

Old Glory repaired and returned

METHUEN — The large weather-worn American flag repaired by Senior Center volunteers last week will soon be back where it belongs — flying high above Commonwealth Motors in Lawrence.

Cheryl Sirois of Methuen and Joyce Desrosiers of Haverhill stitched the 20-by-30-foot version of Old Glory back to good condition, replacing its top red stripe and hemming the frayed edges.

On Wednesday, a group of seniors, local veterans and Methuen High School students were on hand at the Senior Center to fold the flag and present it to Commonwealth Motors owner Charlie Daher. In return, Daher gave a $1,000 donation to the Senior Center.

“It’s such a big flag,” said Daher. “It was very nice of them and totally unexpected. We’re appreciative.”

Daher said local veterans will hoist the flag above Commonwealth Chevrolet this week.

“It really will be an amazing sight, to know we were a part of the project,” said Senior Center Director Corinne LaCharite. “Everyone at the Senior Center feels very close to the American flag and what it stands for. It’s going to be very moving.”

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