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(SB) Elizabeth Hightower's Call to Duty

Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by scrappygator, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. scrappygator

    scrappygator Moderator VIP Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Gainesville, FL
    Story from FloridaGators.com by Caitlin Todd UF Journalism Student
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — About 10 years ago, on the way to his daughter's softball tournament, Navy Chief James Hightower made a stop on the way in Chiefland, Fla., to attend a funeral. Hightower, at the time, worked military funerals and had the honor of ceremonially folding the flags and presenting them to the families of the fallen. His daughter with him that day. Questions were sparked.

    For Elizabeth Hightower, those questions evolved into a calling.

    The group is called Flags for Our Fallen. Its members collect American flags that have been flown in public but are no longer in condition to serve as a symbol of the United States and, instead, are donated and dedicated to honoring military families, usually when the proper paperwork — the Department of Veteran Affairs calls it a DD214 form — either fails to be processed in time or falls through the bureaucratic cracks. Hightower, who just completed her freshman season as a pitcher for the Florida softball team, volunteers for the FFOF cause.
    Her Call to Duty - Florida Gators
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    WESGATORS Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Thanks for posting!

    Go GATORS!
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  3. Bazza

    Bazza GC Hall of Fame

    Jan 2, 2009
    New Smyrna Beach
    Great story, Scrappy - thanks for sharing! ;)
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