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Eagle Scout Jake Erickson, center left, laid pavers around a new flagpole for Shakerag Park. To dedicate the new flagpole, Erickson was helped by friends and fellow Scouts. They were the color guard Brin Powers, far right, and Eric Beppler, far left, and bugler Justin Bryant, center right. (click for larger version)
September 12, 2012
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The American flag now flies above Shakerag Park thanks to the service project of Eagle Scout Jake Erickson.

A rising senior at Johns Creek High School, Erickson found out that the city was renovating the fields of Shakerag for soccer, lacrosse and rugby tournaments.

"I thought a great addition to the site would be a flagpole and paver plaza, so there would be a flag to salute for the national anthem," Erickson said. "Additionally, it would act as the center point of the fields and serve as a rallying point. The flag itself also serves as a reminder of how fortunate we are to live in the United States, and to be thankful for the men and women in the armed services, police, firefighters and EMS who risk their lives every day to protect us, our rights and our freedom."

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