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D.C. flag AWOL at military ceremony
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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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton, right, listens as Tomi Rucker, a Washington, D.C. Navy mom, talks about how she and her husband were saddened by the fact that the D.C. flag was not a part of her son's Navy boot camp graduation, when flags from the other states with graduates were present. Ms. Rucker joined the D.C. officials at the D.C. World War I Memorial on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 to talk about the inconsistent flying of the D.C. flag at military graduations. Holmes-Norton is calling upon to president to require that the D.C. flag be flown at military functions where the flags of all 50 states are flown. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
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