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History, respect and undies: Things we should know about our flag

Stars and Stripes, The Star Spangled Banner and Old Glory- today we celebrate it. In honor of the flag that's survived combat, inspired songs, created national debates around the president and the NFL and even been planted in outer space, we bring you some facts all Americans should know about our...
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Independence Day was actually July 2nd. Really.

So, everything you think you know about Independence Day - July 4th - is probably wrong. And it starts with: we didn't declare independence from England on July 4th. It was actually July 2nd. Here's how it went down, according to ConstitutionFacts.com : July 2, 1776: The Pennsylvania Evening Post...
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'Glory' returns to select theaters in July

"Glory" is making a return to theaters around the nation next month, three decades after the Academy Award-winning motion picture was released. The Civil War epic stars Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick, Andre Braugher and Cary Elwes and was originally released in July 1989. The...
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Trump awards Staff Sgt David Bellavia the Medal of Honor

"Were it not for David Bellavia I would not be sitting here today. We couldn't get out. Couldn't do anything. We were stuck there. I asked David to help me out and he did that. He put himself in line of that fire and laid down a base of fire, overwhelmed the enemy long enough for me to get myself...
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15 years after Staff Sgt David Bellavia killed a house of insurgents saving his squad, soldier receives Medal of Honor

"Were it not for David Bellavia I would not be sitting here today. We couldn't get out. Couldn't do anything. We were stuck there. I asked David to help me out and he did that. He put himself in line of that fire and laid down a base of fire, overwhelmed the enemy long enough for me to get myself...
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Celebrating the American Flag on 4th of July

With the 4th of July just days away, there's no shortage of the Stars and Stripes wherever you look. But Old Glory has been making headlines all year -- did you catch these stories? Long may she wave Old Glory is flying high once again in a private residential community in Henrico County Virginia,...
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Nike pulls Betsy Ross Flag over Colin Kaepernick concerns, but did she design it

Did she or didn't she? Legend says Philadelphia seamstress and upholsterer Betsy Ross used her skill with a needle and thread to create Old Glory at George Washington's request more than 240 years ago. But, historical facts don't necessarily back up that claim. "As far as the big question is...
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Fathom Events showing 'Forrest Gump' in honor of 25th anniversary

This year, on July 6, Forrest Gump, Lieutenant Dan, and the rest of the characters that Robert Zemeckis' film brought into the world turn 25. To celebrate the anniversary of "Forrest Gump," Fathom Events is showing the movie in select theaters on June 23 and 25 across the country. "Forrest Gump"...
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Marine Pamela Torres runs 161 miles for each service woman killed since 9/11 as part of Valor Run for the fallen

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Pamela Torres just finished a 161-mile run from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Rawlins, Wyoming- a mile for every American service woman killed since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. "I ran because I wanted to do something for the families," she said. "I can't bring those women back, I...
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Names of the D-Day fallen read at National World War II Memorial

Gerald S. Adams Henry R. Alexander Warren A. Allen Wallace J. Anderson Those are the names of just a few of the 9,000 American servicemen who were killed June 6, 1944 during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. For more than six hours on Wednesday, the names of all those who fell during the...
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