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Good Old Days

Our August Issue

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

In the This Week in History section of this newsletter it is noted that 67 years ago President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill on Flag Day, June 14, that added the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. I grew up in an era when the United States flag waved from almost every house in our town on Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July and other patriotic American holidays. But at our house we went even further. We flew our flag daily from spring until fall. My dad, a Korean War veteran, taught us kids how to properly handle, fold and display the flag that stood guard on our front-porch post. His three sons, all Boy Scouts, could hardly wait until they were eighth graders and were allowed to ceremoniously raise and lower the flag at school every day (a school where we said the Pledge every morning too). And when our little community hosted its not-so-little parade every September, the Stars and Stripes was flying in abundance along the route.

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