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Editor:

Some call the American flag, the Star Spangled Banner, Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, the Red, White and Blue, and Freedom's Flag. I call it "Our Flag", the symbol of "our" United States of America, the Land of the Free, One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

On Memorial Day, we fly our flag at half-staff to mourn the losses of those American sailors, airmen and soldiers who died on the seas, in the air, and upon every battlefield in all wars. We honor their memory, service, bravery, and ultimate sacrifice of their life's blood to preserve and defend liberty and freedom. Then at noon, we raise the flag swiftly and briskly to full height as a symbol of illumination that there is hope beyond death and that our nation lives because of their sacrifice.

As we celebrate America's freedoms on this and every Memorial Day to come, let us remember that the freedoms we hold dear are not free, but rivers of blood shed by fellow Americans have given us oceans of freedom.

May God continue to bless America and by His grace, may the beautiful red, white and blue symbol of our freedom, "the Flag of our Fathers ", forevermore wave bravely and proudly over our nation for generations to come.

I thank you for the freedoms I have lived these many years.

In memory of Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Casey Roberts assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed in action May 7, 2008, in Sabari District, Afghanistan; buried at West Hamilton Cemetery, Shelbyville, Texas.

John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends".

James Denby, Huntington, Texas

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