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Michiana patriots share what the American flag means to them

Michiana patriots celebrate the Fourth by raising the American flag Michiana patriots celebrate the Fourth by raising the American flag
SOUTH BEND - Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.

Those were the words of the First Flag Act passed by Congress. More than 300 years later, pride in the American flag is alive and well in Michiana. Stars and stripes were on full display in South Bend today. American flags peppered the front lawns and porch tops of nearly every house on some blocks.

"Oh! I love it," said South Bend resident and veteran spouse Cheryl Filkins. "I love it. When I see a flag out, I don't care what day it is. If there's a flag out that just means that the people are proud to be an American. And that's what the flag represents."
"We hang it all year round," said U.S. army veteran and South Bend resident Charles Minx. "Except during football season, when I hang my Notre Dame flag."

For war veterans, raising the flag is also a time of reflection and gratitude.
"Yeah, it's not the kind of thing I can talk about," said Jack Mizer, a Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. Mizer says the flag can bring back bittersweet memories from his time in Vietnam.

"I was proud to be able to serve my country during the war," adds Mizer. "And I'm proud to be an American still today."

"I pay tribute to the fallen," said Minx. His father, a World War II veteran, also waved an American flag all year long. "To the comrades in arms, and all the heroes that have died throughout the wars so we fought for freedom."

Even some of South Bend's youngest residents were proud waving the red, white and blue. George Aranowski, 12, and about a dozen of his friends even threw a makeshift Fourth of July block parade and party.

"It's the Fourth of July man!" said Minx. "This is it! This is Independence Day. Happy Independence Day!"
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