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Children’s flag joins US flag on Town Common

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Rick Petersen of the Greenfield DPW raises the flag on the Greenfield Town Common back to full mast after flying at half mast for the week following the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Recorder/Paul Franz Rick Petersen of the Greenfield DPW raises the flag on the Greenfield Town Common back to full mast after flying at half mast for the week following the Boston Marathon Bombings. Purchase photo reprints »

GREENFIELD — A flag flying above the Town Common with the American flag is there to commemorate Children’s Memorial Flag Day on Saturday.

The red flag depicting blue paper-doll-like figures, which was raised by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office earlier this month, Child Abuse Awareness Month, will stay there throughout the month. The flag is part of a Child Welfare League of America initiative. Some towns fly the flag for just one day, while others fly it throughout all of April.

Mayor William Martin read a proclamation when the flag was raised on the common.

CWLA launched its public awareness campaign in 1998 to direct attention to the tragedy of violent child deaths as part of an initiative to reduce child mortality.

The flag was created by a 16-year-old girl in California to symbolize the thousands of children lost to violence.

Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said she isn’t sure how long Greenfield will fly the flag. Mayor William Martin was not available for comment on Tuesday.

The flag flew half-staff last week following the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Greenfield Department of Public Works raised the flag back to full staff on Monday.

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