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June 14, 2005

Albany - June 14th is Flag Day, a day to celebrate and show respect for the American flag. In June 1776, George Washington asked his seamstress Betsy Ross to make the country's first flag.

Albany veteran Don Zirkelbach says Americans should fly the flag year around to honor our country and the people who fought for freedom. "It's the symbol that represents we are a free nation. It reminds me of those marines on Iwojima who raised that flag. Every time I see it I get goosebumps. Why do you think they raised that flag? Because they were so proud we were over there fighting for something that was right," said Zirkelbach.

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan signed a law recognizing the pause for the pledge of allegiance as part of National Flag Day activities. It is an invitation urging all Americans to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:00PM Tuesday. `1

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