Old Glory in autumn glory

Staff Photo: Lee Depkin

The colors of autumn are ablaze in the brilliant foliage of this sweet gum tree, which provided a striking backdrop for the American flag in south Rockdale County on Friday. As the Thanksgiving holiday nears, families all over the nation are preparing to come together; but many are separated from their loved ones as they serve their country overseas. Last week, area family members and military officials were brought together by Operation Sandbox to assemble care packages for those who can't be home during the holidays. For more on Operation Sandbox, see page 3A.