Special tribute: American Flag is a symbol of our great nation

Posted June 12, 2015 at 7:31 pm

On Flag Day, June 14, I remember an unpleasant experience that occurred nearly 50 years ago, in the mid 1960s.

My family, Mother Mary, our daughter Katy, our son Dan and I were residents of Lawrence, KS, where I was doing my doctoral studies at the University of Kansas. We had just attended an international track and field meet at which Jim Ryan of the University of Kansas had won and set the record for the mile run. Ryan did his victory lap proudly carrying a staff upon which the American Flag was flowing with the breeze as the folks in the stands stood honoring our nation’s flag and Ryan, our immediate hero.

Having served in the Army during the Korean War, I proudly stood at

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