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Children cheer as Grant Berning of Dunn Loring, dressed as Uncle Sam, marches past in the annual parade in the Palisades neighborhood of Northwest Washington. The parade is a big draw for local politicians. Story A16. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Children cheer as Grant Berning of Dunn Loring, dressed as Uncle Sam, marches past in the annual parade in the Palisades neighborhood of Northwest Washington. The parade is a big draw for local politicians. Story A16. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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