Norma Thronburg honor

Norma Thronburg (center), a Blue Star mother, poses with her Spirit of America Medal and certificate with retired Air Force Col. Dennis DeGraff (left), president of the Military Officers Association — Heart of Texas, and retired Army 1st Sgt. Danny Smith, a board member of the Good Soldier Foundation and a Vietnam War veteran.

Karen O’Bric photo

Norma Thronburg, of Mart, was honored as the 75th recipient of the Spirit of America Medal.

The award marked the 31-year anniversary of the national Good Soldier Foundation, which presents the medals.

She was recognized for conducting an annual flag retirement and disposal ceremony for more than a decade during Veterans Appreciation Week. The ceremony has properly retired more than 10,000 tattered and torn, faded and worn American and Texas flags.

The recognition was sponsored by the Military Officers Association — Heart of Texas.


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