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Flag bound for USS Georgia to make stop in Effingham
The USS Georgia, here tied up at Norfolk Navy Yard, is returning to active service as special operations capable submarine and will be armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles instead of ballistic missiles. A flag that will be carried with the boat will be coming to Effingham County on March 20. - photo by Photo by the U.S. Navy

A Georgia flag is making its way through every county in the state before making its way to the Kings Bay submarine base to be placed in the USS Georgia, an Ohio-class submarine that has been retro-fitted and will be based at Kings Bay.

The flag will be in Effingham on March 20 at 4 p.m. There will be a ceremony at the Veterans Park in Springfield to recognize this event. The event is hosted by the Effingham County commission in cooperation with the governor’s program, the USS Georgia Flag Project.

A log book has accompanied the flag on this journey; the log book will be signed by the commissioners and other representatives. This book will placed on the submarine as part of the record of the historic journey of the flag though the state.

The event is open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend and be a part of this welcome home event for the USS Georgia.

Veterans are invited to attend, especially those with Navy service. Veterans who had submarine duty are asked to call the commissioner’s office, 754-2123, giving their name and phone number so that they may be contacted in reference to the event.

The program will begin at 4 p.m. on March 20 and it is expected to last approximately one-half hour. Limited seating will be available.