Girl Scouts are famous for their cookies, but this year they're doing something a little different. They're making flags and giving them to Third Infantry soldiers. Members of Girl Scout Troop 70 out of Statesboro handmade dozens of American flags so troops can carry a little piece of home close to their hearts.
It's a piece of cloth that binds every American.
"When I signed up, I knew what I was getting into and I knew I was going to be deploying, so to me it stands for freedom for America and we've got to defend that," said Pvt. Elizabeth Tea with the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery.
Although the young girls who made the flags couldn't be there in person, the girls of Troop 70 wanted the soldiers of the artillery to know they will be missed.
"It was something we could do for them that they could take with them, so that they would always know people back home were thinking about them," said troop leader Sylvia Dutton.
For soldiers who are about to face an unpredictable enemy, the tiny flags will serve as a reminder of why they're fighting and who they're fighting for.
"I'm going to make sure I keep it with me at all times when I'm over there, for good luck and to remind me I've got little girls waiting for me to come back home," said Pvt. Tea.
As the soldiers march forward, the piece of cloth that binds them and this country together will be with them always.
"Every time a soldier enlists, that flag stands behind him," said Lt. Col. Steven Merkel. "Every time a soldier is promoted, a flag is there. And at the end of the day, that will be the same flag that will drape each of our coffins when the good Lord calls us away. Again, it just makes that small memento we take with us all that more special."
The soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery will be deployed within the next week.
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