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'That American flag means a lot' #july4

When Gerene Sullivan Wingard was a child growing up in Olympia, S.C., there were so many young men marching off to military service that her street acquired the name of “Bell’s Bottom,” for the wide Navy pants sported by so many of the young sailors. Patriotism and love for the Navy run deep in her family, a spirit instilled by her late mother, Ola Sullivan, who told the story of how she left Gerene as a 5-week-old baby to meet her husband Floyd’s ship returning from the Pacific after World War II. “That was the way I was raised,” Wingard said. “That American flag means a lot.” Advertisement So it’s no surprise that when customers push open the glass doors to Hairworks, the beauty salon Wingard co-owns on Covenant Road, they enter a glorious sea of red, white and blue and a photographic tribute to the men and women who have fought in two centuries of American conflicts. Th...

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