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The Daily Flag News—November 23, 2007

Do you like stories about veterans? I do.

Japanese kamikazi pilots tried their best to cripple the U.S. Naval fleet, but many ships survived. Wayne Hicks shares his story and the flag he saved after the Battle of Okinawa.

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waynehicksflag.jpg“I don’t think a lot of young people today have enough respect for the flag,” he said. “Their parents or their grandparents try to instill it in them, but it goes over their heads. They don’t realize how important the flag is.

“Freedom isn’t free. You have to fight for it every day or it will be gone. There’s always somebody willing to take it away from us.”

I realize this story is a few days late for Veterans Day, but I still thought it was worth sharing. Like so many of our veterans, Wayne Hicks is a hero 365 days a year. His love of a tattered old flag, and his message about the freedom it represents, are timeless.

Hank Williams saw a different side of the war after the United States entered. North Africa would be his initiation into battle and then on the way to Japan, they were informed that the war was over, which made them bound for the USA.

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hankwilliams.jpgEach night before he goes to sleep, the war veteran salutes the flag of the country he has served and the country he is delighted to be a part of.

“When I give the salute, it’s a way that I honor the flag and also the country,” Mr. Williams said.

A 5th-generation Pennsylvania Dutchman, Mr. Williams entered into the US Army when he was just 17 years old. One of his most memorable and earliest experiences in uniform was when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the United States in 1939—the first such visit by a reigning British Monarch on American soil.

One thought on “The Daily Flag News—November 23, 2007

  1. Well, I cant agree more.

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