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66,000 Pink & Blue Flags Adorn Capitol Lawn

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A sea of pink and blue flags are on display at the State Capitol -- 66,000 flags in all.

Volunteers say 66,000 is an important number representing roughly ten percent of North Dakota's population.  They also say it's the number of abortions in North Dakota since 1973.

It took about 30 volunteers eight hours to plant the thousands of flags.  While they are meant to represent children, volunteers say their mission is to promote healing.

"This has just been a grass roots effort to not focus so much on the abortion, but to focus on the healing of people -- the healing of women and families," says Eric Wanchic, NameThem.org Volunteer.

"People want to find a way to express their grief and sadness over the fact that these are individuals that would have been here, would have had a life,'" says Maria Wanchic, NameThem.org Volunteer.

Volunteers will remove the flags right after Memorial Day.  From there, the exhibit will travel throughout North Dakota cities this Summer.  For more information, you can contact NameThem.org.


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