Staff Sgt. Carlos Novelo of the U.S. Marine Corps presented a flag to the Nogales Masonic Lodge that he had flown in Iraq in the name of the lodge.

A certificate that accompanies the flag verifies that it was flown in an F-18 fighter attack jet belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All-Weather) 225 on Feb. 8, 2008 – Novelo’s birthday. The jet was flying in support of Marines operating in the area of Fallujah and Ramadi.

Novelo is an avionics technician on the F-18. He gave the flag and certificate to the Masonic Lodge, of which he is a member, just before he departed to Japan for a two-year assignment at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.

Lodge members have framed the flag and certificate, along with Novelo’s photo, for display on the wall of the lodge at 1620 N. Royal Rd.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, marks the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Marines, which was founded on that date in 1775 by the Second Continental Congress.

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