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Flag burning ignites mixture of emotions

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Scene after scene of young, 20-somethings using cigarette lighters and matches to set flame to our nation’s colors were shown, the revelers laughing and carrying on as if setting fire to “the emblem of the land of I love” was on a par with holding a bonfire before the big football game.

As those scenes flashed across the television screen, other scenes flashed through my mind:

• Brave Marines planting Old Glory on top of Mount Suribachi on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima;

• Teddy Roosevelt leading his band of Rough Riders behind the flag as they assaulted San Juan Hill;

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