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Community Honors Flag Day

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It's National Flag Day.

Businesses and residents in the community are encouraged to fly their flags.

Stephanie Scheurer shows us those expressing their patriotism by honoring this holiday.

The saying, "Every heart beats true 'neath the red, white, and blue" is fitting for many on this day as members of the community gather together in honor of Old Glory.

A new program called "The Avenue of Flags" lined State Street with red, white, and blue.

"We're doing it for five holidays - Memorial Day, Flag Day today, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran's Day," says Russ Harkness, Chairman of Avenue of Flags Project.

Various flag ceremonies are also replacing tattered stars and stripes with brand new ones.

Touchmark Retirement Community sponsored a fundraiser to support local efforts of Wreaths Across America.

People in the community could provide a free-will donation to display a small flag.

"I appreciate everyone's support in our community and in helping out the veterans throughout the state and it's such a pleasure to work for the employees and residents who have such an interest in taking care and watching our veterans," says Galen Hanson, First Sgt. Retired U.S. Army.

Standup, "Many veterans view the flag, not as a wind gauge or a decoration, but as a symbol of service and sacrifice to their nation."

"The flag to me means America in general. All the troops that have been deployed overseas, family members of mine have been in the military. I come from a history of military service and it's just a patriotic way of showing our flag out," says Hanson.

National Flag Day is just one day out of every day we can show our patriotism for our country.

And as the star spangled banner unfurls, we are reminded of our freedom.

In Bismarck, Stephanie Scheurer, KX news.

Americans are encouraged to observe "Old Glory" with pride from today through Independence Day.

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