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6/14/04

Flags Fly High All Over Town

The beautiful weather on the South Plains was perfect for flying old glory. On this National Flag Day, flags of all sizes were on display and flying all over town.

President Truman officially declared June 14th as Flag Day in 1949, but Americans actually started celebrating the flag back in the 1800's. The reason? Well it was established as a day to honor the official adoption of the stars and stripes.

Flag Etiquette
The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used.

"We've been very busy this morning selling flags." At Flag Store and More, Manager Devery Schmidt says these days they can hardly keep enough flags in stock. "See they fall two weeks apart first Memorial Day, then Flag Day, then 4th of July so this is like our Christmas right now", Schmidt said.

You could almost say in a red, white and blue way, it looks like Christmas all over town. "It celebrates America, and whatever you stand for. It doesn't matter what your politics are or your beliefs are this is our Country and that's important to recognize," said Monty Strauss.

"We put them out everyday." why do you do that? "Because we know a lot of troops in Iraq right now and they are very special to us so we think its important to," says Paige Sams.

All of the people we found today said since September 11th, and the beginning of the war in Iraq, it's hard to even consider not putting their American flag out every single day to show their support.

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