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Letters to the Editor - June 11

June 09, 2012

Thanks shared to all who fought North Cannon Avenue fire

To the editor:

This letter is a heartfelt thank you for a job very well done. This is for all of the Hagerstown and

Washington County firemen and firewomen and all who fought the fire on North Cannon Avenue on May 23.

What a fantastic job they did in a difficult situation. Not to mention the heat and all the heavy gear they wear.

These professional firefighters were the nicest and most considerate paid and volunteers anyone would encounter. I am sure they would like to have more volunteers to assist them.

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I only hope when the city council and the county commissioners consider the budget, they will increase and not decrease the budget for these true lifesavers.

My house is very close to both of the houses that burned. Both of their yards meet my yard. This is too close for comfort, but my house was well taken care of by those who fought the fire. They even worried about the water in my basement, which they took care of.

Again, I say thank you to all who were so helpful: firefighters, building inspectors, auxiliary police, friends and neighbors.

Barbara L. Cushwa

Hagerstown

Grand old flag: 235 years as a standard to unity and freedom

To the editor:

This year marks the 235th anniversary of our American flag. Flag Day first took place in 1877. The government requested the flag be flown from all public buildings on June 14, 1877, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the American flag. Flag Day was made a legal holiday on May 7, 1937 (Act. No. 155). It established June 14 as Flag Day.

Claims have been made that the first flag was made by Betsy Ross in her quaint, little shop at 239 Arch St. in Philadelphia, at the request of George Washington, Robert Morris and Col. George Ross, for the Continental Congress. Except for the adding of new stars for each new state and changing the arrangement of the stars, the flag displayed today is the same as the first flag adopted by Congress on June 14, 1777, as our national standard.

Its 13 horizontal stripes, alternating red and white, represent the 13 original colonies, and with a union of white stars in a blue field, one star for each state and one to be added for each new state on the Fourth of July succeeding such admission.

Old Glory has been a constant reminder of America’s fight for freedom and independence from the man-of-war, the “Ranger” captained by John Paul Jones, to Fort McHenry, to the top of Mount Surabacci, to Afghanistan, our national standard has stood for freedom and a willingness to defend that right.

On its 235th anniversary, as we celebrate Flag Day and proudly display “Old Glory,” that radiant “standard” still endures.

Paul Inskeep

Inmate No. 211-806/M.C.T.C.

Hagerstown

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