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D.C. residents Tomi Rucker and Michael Boyd beamed with pride as their son walked out for his basic-training commencement from the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois. One by one, flags were presented to denote the home states of the recruits, eliciting cheers from pockets of supporters. But Jonathan M. Rucker and his parents saw no flag bearer with the distinctive flag of the District, its three red stars and two red bars on a white background.

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