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  In light of our national tragedy in New York and Washington, the Lakeside Historical Society has revived a tradition.  We've unfurled a large American flag and hung it from the window of our church steeple.  And, every day at noon we will ring our steeple bell seven times for "AMERICA."
  If you remember back in 1991 during the Desert Storm/Gulf War, we hung our flag and rang the bell at noon five times for "PEACE."
  During World War II, when our building was the Community Presbyterian Church, the Women's Club of Lakeside gathered 500 people on the grounds, hung
the flag and rang the bell seven times for "VICTORY." They did this every day at noon.  After this event at our little church, all Presbyterian churches across the United States began ringing their steeple bells at noon
as a show of support for the war effort.
  History repeats itself.  Please listen for our bell, and tell your friends and neighbors about this tradition.

Betty McMillen

National Symbol
by Charles Evans Hughes

  The flag is the symbol of our national unity, our national endeavor, our national aspiration.
  The flag tells of the struggle for independence, of union preserved, of liberty and union one and inseparable, of the sacrifices of brave men and women to whom the ideals and honor of this nation have been dearer than life.
It means America first; it means an undivided allegiance.
It means America united, strong and efficient, equal to her tasks.
  It means that you cannot be saved by the valor and devotion of your ancestors, that to each generation comes its patriotic duty; and that upon your willingness to sacrifice and endure as those before you have sacrificed and endured rests the national hope.
  It speaks of equal rights, of the inspiration of free institutions exemplified and vindicated, of liberty under law intelligently conceived and impartially administrated.        There is not a thread in it but scorns self-indulgence, weakness, and rapacity.

  It is eloquent of our community interests, outweighing all divergencies of opinion, and of our common destiny.

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