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Worthy challenges for Fourth of July


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Many Americans will fly our flag on the Fourth of July. It is a proud tradition we hope never ends.

Around the world, in virtually every nation, people recognize the stars and stripes. For many, the American flag is a shining beacon of hope, a symbol of their dreams of freedom and prosperity.

The holiday is just one day we celebrate and honor our nation’s flag and all that it stands for.

Only one thing is more thrilling than the sight of an American flag flying in the breeze, and that is seeing hundreds of them flying throughout our community.

Flying the national banner is one of many ways to show our love for America. It is a simple and heartfelt tribute to those who sacrificed so much for our freedoms.

The Second Continental Congress adopted the red, white and blue as our new nation’s flag on June 14, 1777. We don’t know if the story of about Betsy Ross sewing the first American flag at the personal request of Gen. George Washington is true, but it is as good as any account we have heard.

In the 235 years since its adoption, the flag has been carried to every part of the globe, in peace as well as in war. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died fighting under that flag and should be remembered Wednesday for their sacrifice. The price of freedom comes high.

Four decades after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, the American flag remains a symbol of our search for the future and the unknown.

The red, white and blue serves to remind us to strive to be the nation we can and should be, for all of us and for the rest of our world.

That’s a worthy challenge on Independence Day.