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Flag ceremony

On May 26, the Columbiana American Legion Post 290 held a flag ceremony at Whispering Pines Retirement Village. The old flag was replaced with the assistance of decorated World War II Army veteran Melvin P. Taucher. Melvin was awarded the Bronze Star for services above and beyond the call of duty. During the Battle of the Bulge, he took over the responsibility of radioing positions of the enemy for 36 hours, after the radio operator had succumbed to injuries. Several members of the American Legion Post and residents of the Village were present for the ceremony. Sadly, Melvin’s wife of 75 years, Jean, was unable to attend, but he was accompanied to the ceremony by his three daughters Laurel Levanduski, Sherry Kuebel and Karen Stepo and son-in-law Joe Stepo. After the flag ceremony was complete, everyone sang Happy Birthday to Melvin, who turned 102 on May 28. Submitted photo

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