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Local veteran passes on flag

Posted: September 11, 2009 9:22 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Lt. Colonel Seth Goldberg, left, donated an American and California flag that flew over the headquarters where he served in Iraq. His children Ethan, 9, center, and Gabriella, 6, hold the flags that were presented to Tesoro Del Valle Elementary School with certificates of authenticity on Friday.

Seth Goldberg has traveled a long way to continue a family tradition.

The 45 year-old National Guard Battalion Commander completed a 10-month tour in Iraq, stationed just outside Tikrit. On Friday, the U.S. and California flags that flew over his headquarters were given to Tesoro Del Valle Elementary School, where his two children attend.

"I wanted to recognize the school and the teachers for paying special attention to the children of citizen soldiers," he said.

The passing of the flags is a family tradition, he said. Goldberg's father flew missions in Vietnam and passed on three flags to Goldberg and his brother and sister.

Now his son Ethan, 9, and daughter Gabriella, 6, as well as current and future generations of Tesoro Del Valle students will be linked to Goldberg's service.

"It gives them an opportunity for remembrance," Goldberg said, adding he also hopes it instills in them "a sense of understanding and responsibility."


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