Consider This: National Beta Club Convention

Consider This: National Beta Club Convention

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's been a week with lots of good news stories, and we start with the largest convention ever hosted by the City of Savannah.

Around 20,000 students are in town throughout this week for the National Beta Club Convention.

The scholastic competition is taking place at the Trade and Convention Center. Visit Savannah says they've been working with area businesses to make sure our stores and restaurants can handle the demand. They say this convention could bring nearly $14 million into the local economy. Most importantly, it's bringing like-minded students together.

Since we celebrated Flag Day this week, we also wanted to celebrate the work being done by Jimmy Silva.

The Air Force veteran monitors the condition of the flags flying in Bonaventure Cemetery, and when he feels one needs to be replaced, he replaces it with a brand-new flag that he then raises again.

Silva first took notice of the Bonaventure flags about three years ago when he was visiting his wife's grave. Now, he spends a few minutes a week every few months replenishing the colors.

Silva takes the old flags to the American Legion, who properly disposes of them.

Finally, this week, the US Army is celebrating its 243rd birthday. Established by the 2nd Continental Congress on June 14, 1775, the Army was originally comprised of about 27,000 militia in Boston and New York.

Today, the army has more 460,000 active-duty soldiers, another 340,000 in the U.S. Army National Guard, and about 200,000 in the Army Reserves… including thousands here at home who serve our country and who serve as our neighbors. Happy Birthday. Bless you for keeping our country safe.

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